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Gao family invest in Saints

A letter to the fans of Southampton Football Club from Katharina Liebherr...

I am pleased to confirm that talks to bring in a new partner to our club have been concluded.

Following extensive and fruitful work, we are entering into a partnership with the Gao family and I am excited about what we will achieve together.

Today is the start of a new and exciting chapter for our club. Mr Jisheng Gao and his daughter, Mrs Nelly Gao, with whom I have built a close relationship, share our values and ambitions. As a team, we will strive to build upon the strong foundation that is in place towards sustainable long-term success.

Mr Gao, Nelly and I have full trust in Ralph Krueger and his management team. We wholeheartedly support their plans to follow the Southampton Way in the years ahead.

But for now it is business as usual at Southampton Football Club and we must allow everyone at the club to focus on the first few weeks of the new season.

I would like to thank the passionate supporters of th…
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Southampton 0-0 Swansea

Southampton were held to a goalless draw as they began the new Premier League season at home to Swansea.

Saints had plenty of opportunities throughout in Mauricio Pellegrino's first game in charge but couldn't find a way to break the Swans down.


Mauricio Pelligrino - "I'm a little bit disappointed, because we did everything to win the game. We couldn't, because football is like this – sometimes with a couple of chances you can score, but today we couldn't.

"As a manager, you can work on the way to create chances, on the way to control the game, but to have the courage to score goals is something that is difficult. I think we had 29 shots and just two on target.

"It's something that we have to continue working on, and keep going, but in parallel I am really happy with the performance. As a first game I think the level of the team was really high.

"Two or three players have been with us for only two or three weeks maximum and it'…

Mario Lemina signs for Saints

Southampton have announced the signing of midfielder 23-year-old midfielder Mario Lemina from Juventus on a five-year contract.

Les Reed (Saints' Vice Chairman) said: “Mario is an outstanding talent who has already achieved a great deal in his career, winning a number of titles and gaining experience of playing on some of the biggest stages in world football.

“Investing in a player of Mario’s quality and buying from a club like Juventus is a significant statement of intent from the club, and this is a purchase that has set another club-record fee.

“Mario still has his best years ahead of him, and we believe that he will not only be an excellent acquisition for us in the immediate future, but that he will also be able to realise even more of his potential here in the years to come.

“In a volatile market with some extraordinary and inexplicable transfers taking place, we are determined to go about our work in a diligent and correct way. This is a player who has won trophies and play…

Virgil van Dijk hands in transfer request

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk has handed in a transfer request. 
The 26-year-old Netherlands international said: "I would like Southampton to consider the interest in me from top clubs should it still exist.

"I have been left frustrated by the club's position that I am not for sale and am disappointed that enquiries from multiple top clubs have been consistently rebuffed.

"I am incredibly ambitious and want to achieve as much as I possibly can to fulfil my potential in what is a very short career as a professional footballer.

"I can confirm that I was asked about my frame of mind and for all of the reasons mentioned above I was open and honest in saying that I did not feel I was in a settled mindset given the circumstances.

"As a proud professional, I am insulted by the suggestion that it was me who refused to train and so feel it is important to point out the true version of events.

"I had very much hoped to retain the good relationship I've al…

Southampton 2-0 Sevilla

Saints ended pre-season with a 2-0 victory over Sevilla at St Mary's.

Jack Stephens netted the opening goal in the first half before Manolo Gabbiadini confirmed victory with a nice finish eight minutes from time.


Report: Saints 2-0 SevillaSaints completed their pre-season preparation with a victory over Sevilla at St Mary's. Jack Stephens' first-half volley gave Saints the advantage going into the break, before Manolo Gabbiadini then confirmed the victory with a cool finish on 82 minutes. Mauricio Pellegrino named a strong starting eleven for his final pre-season friendly ahead of next weekend's Premier League opener against Swansea City.

Targett signs new deal

Matt Targett has signed a new five-year deal with Southampton.

The 21-year-old left back is a Saints Academy graduate and has been with the club since the age of eight.

"It’s a great way to kick-off the season," said Targett.

"I am really happy to sign. I’ve been at the club since I was eight so to extend my time here is only a good thing.

"Physically I feel good. I think I feel the best I’ve ever felt. I think the injury has only helped me improve physically and mentally.

"I have come back from it all and got my fitness back – I am feeling fitter and stronger so it’s all positive at the moment."

“I missed a lot of games last season. Hopefully now I can stay injury free and get out on that pitch. Hopefully I can play in the left-back spot and play as many games as possible.

“Behind the scenes I have done a lot of work with Kev the physio and Bill Styles the fitness coach. They both work really well together and they have made me come back a better player.

Saint-Étienne 0-3 Southampton

Southampton beat French Ligue 1 side Saint-Étienne by three goals to nil in a pre-season friendly.

Manolo Gabbiadini and James Ward-Prowse netted two second half goals in quick succession before Maya Yoshida headed home a third five minutes from time.

Saints: Forster (Taylor 45), Pied (Jones 80), Stephens (Bednarek 80), Yoshida, Bertrand (Targett 57), Davis (Clasie 80), Romeu (Hojbjerg 74), Tadic (Gallagher 85), Austin (Ward-Prowse 59), Boufal (McQueen 57), Gabbiadini (Long 74).

Watch the goals and highlights here:

Here's how #SaintsFC will line-up in this afternoon's friendly match against #ASSE: — Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) July 29, 2017
HALF TIME: #ASSE 0-0 #SaintsFC

It's all square as we reach the interval at the Stade Municipal de Chambéry. — Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) July 29, 2017
One change for #SaintsFC at half time:

➡️ Stuart Taylor
⬅️ @FraserForster

[0-0] — Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) July 29, 201…