Tadic saga takes another turn

Serbian winger tells Southampton he wants to stay, weeks after he says he wants to leave.

Tadic saga takes another turn
Tadic nets winner at Old Trafford. (NBC)

The Dusan Tadic contract saga has took a huge U-turn as Saints are set to offer the winger a new contract.

The Serbian international was set to depart St Mary’s after a huge fallout with ex-boss Ronald Koeman but now with Koeman departed and set up ship in Merseyside, Tadic has had a change of heart and decided he wants to stay at the club.

Look to the future

He joins a long list of players to have committed to the club, including Fraser Forster, Steven Davis, Ryan Bertrand, Virgil van Dijk and James Ward-Prowse.

He has been an instrumental part in Saints resurge in English football and now can show off his talent in Europe, as they have Europa League football this upcoming season.

His current contract expires in 2018, and he has scored 11 times in 65 games since signing for £11m from FC Twente in the summer of 2014.

Tadic celebrates | Photo: thepfa.com
Tadic celebrates | Photo: thepfa.com

The unveiling of the new manager, Claude Puel, has swung his decision back to the South Coast.

With the loss of Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle, keeping Tadic is a huge boost to the sqaud ahead of the season. 

Road trip

The club are currently in America on a pre-season tour, and Tadic told the Southampton official website that the squad is “a little bit tired” from all the travelling, but reports “everything is going well.

We were a little bit tired from the travelling but everything is going well. We had a very good training session with the new coach,” Tadić told Southampton's official website.

He also compliments Puel’s vision and says “Every coach has ideas” but that Puel’ are “good ideas.”

Saints defeated DC United's U23, 2-0, and now fly to the Netherlands to face Tadic' old club FC Twente, PEC Zwolle and FC Groningen before returning home to play Athletic Club (Bilbao) just before the season commences.