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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…

Pellegrino interview - BBC Radio Solent

Listen to BBC Radio Solent's interview with Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino.

LISTEN: #saintsfc boss Mauricio Pellegrino gives first media interview to @BBCRadioSolent's @AdamBlackmore — BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) July 22, 2017

Austin scores twice in friendly at Brentford

Charlie Austin scored twice as Southampton drew 2-2 in a pre-season friendly at Brentford.

Watch the best of the action here:

Here's how #SaintsFC will line-up for this afternoon's friendly match against #BrentfordFC at Griffin Park: — Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) July 22, 2017
HALF TIME: #BrentfordFC 1-0 #SaintsFC

Lasse Vibe's goal separates the two sides at the break. — Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) July 22, 2017
GOAL: #BrentfordFC 1-1 #SaintsFC (@chazaustin10 52)

Austin pounces upon a mistake from the hosts and tucks in the equaliser. — Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) July 22, 2017
GOAL: #BrentfordFC 1-2 #SaintsFC (@chazaustin10 60)

Austin fires in @sammcqueen123's cross to put Saints ahead! — Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) July 22, 2017
GOAL: #BrentfordFC 2-2 #SaintsFC (Joshua Clarke 82)

Clarke's cross from deep finds its way past @FraserForster to …

Virgil van Dijk training alone

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has said that defender Virgil van Dijk will train alone and has asked to leave.

"He is not involved with the team because psychologically he is not 100%," said the Saints boss.

"When I was talking with him, the boy said that he is not available to play because he wants to leave.

"I need to work with a player that works at 100% to defend Southampton.

"This is the decision. I had to say: 'OK, if you don't want to be involved because you don't feel OK, you have to train alone until this period of time.

"We need the player, but 100% - this is the question.

"I hope that Virgil can review his feelings, because you know that today players are big business - not just the player but behind him there is a lot of interest.

"I want to help the squad, I want to help Virgil but we need a player, I repeat, involved in every training session, involved not just with the body but with the mind on the pitch with …

Forster signs new deal

Fraser Forster has signed a new five-year contract with Southampton.

The 29-year-old England international has extended his deal with Saints to 2022.

Les Reed said: “We are extremely pleased to have strengthened our commitment with Fraser, who has been an integral part of our team over the past three seasons.

“He has already established himself as one of the leading keepers in the Premier League and, at 29, we believe he still has his best years ahead of him, not just for us but also the national team.

“This is the ideal place for him to continue his progress, under the guidance of our Head of Goalkeeping, Dave Watson, and we are delighted that Fraser continues to see his long-term future at Southampton.”

Fraser Forster said: “I’m delighted. I have absolutely loved my time here at Southampton so far and when the opportunity came along to extend it I didn’t think twice about it.

“I think it’s a fantastic club to be at, with a really bright future, and the ambition shown at the club is …

St Gallen 0-0 Southampton

Southampton drew 0-0 against St Gallen in their first pre-season friendly of the summer.

Watch the highlights and hear the reaction of manager Mauricio Pellegrino and midfielder Steven Davis below:

We caught up with Mauricio Pellegrino after #SaintsFC’s 0-0 draw with St Gallen in the team’s opening pre-season fixture: — Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) July 15, 2017
#SaintsFC's @StevenDavis8 reflects on a positive week in Austria, following the 0-0 friendly draw with St Gallen: — Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) July 15, 2017
Saints draw with St Gallen By SFC Media St Gallen v Saints Photo by Simon Hausberger (Getty Images) Southampton's first friendly match of the summer ended in stalemate, as they drew 0-0 with Swiss Super League side St Gallen. Saints manager Mauricio Pellegrino fielded different sides in each half in a game that marked the next step in the build-up to the 2017/18 season.

Rodriguez signs for West Brom

Jay Rodriguez has signed for West Bromwich Albion after five years at St Mary's.

Jay scored 35 goals in 126 appearances for Saints since joining in 2012 from Burnley.

His most prolific season came in the 2013/2014 season where he netted 15 Premier League goals working under manager Mauricio Pochettino. He earned his first senior England call-up that season and netted five goals in just four matches during March 2014.

Rodriguez looked set to be heading to the World Cup as a reward for his fine form that season, only for a cruel injury to rule him out of action for the next eleven months.

Jay scored five goals for Southampton in 2016/2017 including a stunning goal against Bournemouth.

The new West Brom signing took to Twitter to thank Southampton for his time at the club. Jay said: "I just wanted to say a massive thank you to the Southampton fans and all that are involved at the club.

"My five years have been full of highs and lows but one thing that I will take away is th…

Jan Bednarek signs for Saints

Southampton have announced the signing of Jan Bednarek, a Poland Under-21 international defender from Lech Poznań.

The 21-year-old has agreed a five-year-deal at St Mary’s. Bednarek is the first signing of the summer for Saints and the first player since the arrival of new boss Mauricio Pellegrino.

Les Reed said of the signing: “Jan is an extremely promising young player who possesses significant potential.

“We are delighted to bring him to the club, and we believe this will be the ideal place for him to continue his development.

“This is a particularly exciting time for him to arrive here, as he also has the opportunity to learn from Mauricio Pellegrino’s extensive experience of playing the centre-back position.

“Jan provides additional depth to the impressive amount we have in that area, with Virgil van Dijk, Maya Yoshida and Jack Stephens having all performed so impressively there last season, and he provides us with another excellent central defensive option.”

Jan Bednarek said: “…

Stephens signs new 5-year deal

23-year-old defender Jack Stephens has signed a new five-year deal with Southampton after a breakthrough 2016/17 campaign.

Last season Stephens took on a prominent role in the first team following an injury to Virgil van Dijk. Jack went on to form a strong partnership in the heart of the Saints defence alongside Maya Yoshida.

Les Reed said: “Our philosophy at Southampton is to turn potential into excellence, and Jack is somebody who very much embodies this.

“His progression, and the level of his performances, was one of the real highlights of last season, and we have been delighted with his development ever since he joined the club.

“We are extremely pleased to have strengthened our commitment with him, and we believe Jack can continue to improve here and play an important role in our first-team plans moving forward.”

Jack Stephens said: “I am absolutely delighted to extend my stay.

“It feels like home to me. I have really enjoyed my time here and I'm now looking forward to the ne…

Pellegrino really happy to be at Saints

Mauricio Pellegrino has been speaking as manager of Southampton for the first time.

Here are a few quotes from the new Saints boss:

"The first thing I would like to stress is that I am really happy to be here. It is a pleasure for me.

“I would like to make the most of this opportunity. I am really pleased about how people have received me, how Les [Reed], Ross [Wilson], Ralph [Krueger] and everybody was really kind with me from the beginning.

“When I hear the desire about the future of the club and the goals they express for the club for the next season and in the next few years, we were completely agreeing and I quickly felt for me it would be a great opportunity.

“I am really happy to be in the Premier League, to be in Southampton. I think we can create a great mood to bond the players and the people that are working in this amazing training ground and I have got confidence to do my best for this team.

“I am really happy – this is my first feeling.

"I am looking forward to…

Gallagher signs new deal

Sam Gallagher has signed a new four-year deal with Southampton.

Les Reed: 

“The experience Sam gained last season at Blackburn Rovers in the Championship was invaluable, and it was clear to see the further improvement that he made in his game during that time. Not only did he score 12 goals but his general play was impressive and highlighted his capability.

“We believe he has many exciting years ahead of him, and that this is the ideal place for him to realise the great deal of potential that he still possesses.

“We are all looking forward to seeing Sam back here for pre-season and helping him take the next strides in his game at Southampton.”

Sam Gallagher:
“I am absolutely delighted to sign this new contract. Especially to get it all done and dusted before the start of the season because I can really get my head down and focus now on the year ahead.

“It shows the belief that the club have in me and I need to prove that now, which is what I am hoping to do in pre-season.”

Speaking of h…