Ralph Hasenhuttl admits Southampton are struggling to find the right person to speak with at Chelsea regarding the future of loan star Armando Broja.
Striker Broja has shone for Saints this season and is poised to return for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Arsenal after being ineligible for last weekend’s 6-0 thrashing at the hands of his parent club.
Manager Hasenhuttl has regularly spoken of his desire to prolong the 20-year-old’s stay at St Mary’s beyond this campaign.
But, with Chelsea’s future clouded in uncertainty amid ongoing takeover talks, the Austrian concedes his club will have to remain patient for the time being as they focus on their quest for a top-half finish.
“We are discussing this topic in the moment,” Hasenhuttl said of Broja’s situation.
“We all know the situation at Chelsea that there are a lot of changes there.
“In the moment, it’s not so easy to find the right person to talk to and to speak about futures of players.
“It’s maybe easier to concentrate on your job, to do a good job until the end of the season. That helps him, that helps us.
“The higher we end up in the table, the more attractive we are for all of the players and this is the goal for the last seven games we have.”
Albania international Broja has hit nine goals in all competitions since temporarily swapping Stamford Bridge for the south coast.
Yet the Slough-born frontman has not found the net in the league for more than two months.
Broja looking to get back to his best
With Southampton having taken only a point from their last five top-flight games – including the hammering against Thomas Tuchel’s European champions – Hasenhuttl is eager for Broja to rediscover top form, beginning against Mikel Arteta’s Gunners.
“Broja on his best level is definitely a player that can help us,” added the Southampton boss.
“But the important thing is that he also has to step up and find the way back to his best performances, like we all have to. This is the goal for the weekend.”
Despite their recent poor run, 14th-placed Southampton remain just a point off 10th position.
Hasenhuttl, who has suffered 9-0 losses to Leicester and Manchester United during his tenure, wants his players to swiftly move on from their latest heavy defeat.
“You get this experience when you are manager of this football club and we’ve definitely had these moments in the time we were working together,” he said of the Chelsea loss.
“There is still a lot to win this season.
“We have still a very good situation with 36 points, it’s very tight in the middle of the table and the important thing is we find back to the basics, to the fundamentals.
“We have a strong opponent on the weekend coming to us and hopefully we show a different face.”
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Quiz: Can you name which club Wigan Athletic sold these 23 players to from the last decade?
The last ten years have certainly been something of a rollercoaster for Wigan Athletic.
With three promotions and four relegations in that time, not to mention a spell in administration, there has always been something for fans of the club to talk about.
Here though, we’re looking at how much you know about the transfer business the Latics have done in since 20212.
In order to help do that, we’ve given you the names of 23 players, and all you have to do, is correctly say which club they were sold to by Wigan in the past decade.
Bournemouth confirm departure of experienced player following promotion
Bournemouth have confirmed that Gary Cahill will leave the club in the coming weeks when his contract expires.
The 36-year-old joined Scott Parker’s side on a one-year deal ahead of the current campaign, and he went on to make 22 appearances to help the Cherries to automatic promotion.
Whilst the Chelsea legend was an important player in the early months of the season, the arrival of Nat Phillips in January saw him fall out of the XI and he didn’t feature during the run-in.
Therefore, it’s perhaps no surprise that the club announced today that Cahill was among the players who will be leaving when his deal expires this summer.
The former England international is one of five players to depart, with Brennan Camp, Ryan Glover, Connor Kurran-Browne and Luke Nippard also in the same situation.
It remains to be seen whether Cahill gets another club or if he calls it a day after a fantastic career.
Bringing in at least one new centre-back is sure to be a priority for Parker as he plans for Bournemouth’s return to the Premier League.
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With how the season ended for Cahill at the Cherries it’s no surprise that he hasn’t been offered a new deal because the reality is that he wouldn’t get much, if any, game time moving forward.
Nevertheless, his contribution to the club this season will certainly be appreciated by all connected to Bournemouth.
So, whilst he didn’t play as much as he would’ve wanted, Cahill helped the club achieve their goal of promotion.
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