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Southampton chief Hunter reveals Villarreal link-up

Southampton technical chief Martin Hunter has revealed they're establishing a link-up with Villarreal.

Hunter admits more and more European clubs are keen to visit Southampton and study their academy work.

He told the Sunday Telegraph: "We have similar philosophies to Barcelona. We did a presentation at St George's with Barcelona when Matt Crocker was here. It went well. One of our kids would settle at Barcelona. They are probably more draconian than we are football-wise. It's 'No 3 passes to No 6', 'No 6 passes to No 7'. Barcelona were very regimented in some of the sessions I saw. We are more fluid than Barcelona.

"We are inundated with clubs wanting to come and see what we are doing. Heerenveen and Malmo have been recently. Some of Ronald's colleagues and friends have been. We've got a link with Villarreal."

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