Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is delighted the club were able to hold on to the services of Victor Wanyama and is pleased by the Kenyan’s new attitude in training.
The midfielder reportedly pushed for a move away from St Mary’s during the recent transfer window amid interest from Tottenham Hotspur.
However, the Saints were keen to hang on to their man and rejected offers from Spurs, despite the player’s desire to leave.
“We know that it was a hard fight but I think our statement was very clear to everybody: Nobody for sale,” Koeman told Sky Sports.
With the transfer window now closed, Harambee Stars striker Wanyama has to wait at least until January before he will get his move, but he may no longer want one if Koeman is to be believed.
The Dutch boss revealed he spoke to the 24-year-old ahead of this weekend’s Premier League game against West Brom and was so impressed with his new attitude that he is in line to take part in the match.
“We know the future, Victor knows the future, and I spoke to Victor yesterday and he’s back with a real focus for the team, and if he’s back like that, he’s part of the team,” Koeman explained.
“Already it was a different person than he was in the last week of the transfer window.
“I think ambition is always a good thing for a player, but okay it happened and I like to go forward.
“If the player shows real commitment to everybody at the club, I can forget what happened in the last week of the transfer window,” he concluded.