New deal for Yoshida
Maya Yoshida has signed a new three-year contract with Southampton.
The defender has played 138 games for Saints over five seasons since he arrived at the club in 2012.
Vice Chairman (Football) Les Reed said: “We are extremely pleased to have reached a new agreement with Maya, who is a vital part of our squad, not only on the pitch, but off it.
“Maya is a player who has taken great strides in his game during his time with us, and his influence was felt particularly last season, as he formed outstanding partnerships with both Virgil van Dijk and Jack Stephens, helping the team reach the EFL Cup final.
“Maya is an excellent example for any young professional to follow and it was important to ensure that we extended our commitment with him.
“We are excited about the depth we now possess at the centre-back position for the years ahead, with Maya’s new deal strengthening our excellent group even further for the coming seasons.”
Maya Yoshida commented: "There was no reason to leave the club. I have been here for five years. In that time, I have had difficult moments, good moments – everything.
"I feel like it's my home and I'm very happy to continue my journey with Southampton. It's a new chapter for my career."
#SaintsFC is delighted to announce @MayaYoshida3 has signed a new three-year contract with the club! 😇 https://t.co/huy40LIpWj— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) August 24, 2017
💬#SaintsFC's @MayaYoshida3 hopes even more success lies ahead after extending his contract with the club: pic.twitter.com/QI8vN7hAiI— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) August 24, 2017
💬— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) August 24, 2017
Mauricio Pellegrino is delighted that @MayaYoshida3 has committed his long-term future to #SaintsFC! pic.twitter.com/k5eABFK1W9