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Contract Talks Between Southampton And Manchester United Target Jose Fonte Breaks Down 

Jose Fonte’s contract talks with Southampton have broken down, according to ESPN.

The Portugal defender, who is captain of the Saints, is entering the final 18 months of his contract at the club.

He has been linked with a move to Manchester United in the past in the British press.

Fonte is angry that Southampton were not willing to offer him a longer contract when they tabled a pay rise to £80,0000-a-week after he helped Portugal win Euro 2016.

The Saints skipper is 33 later this month and the club were happy with the length of his deal, which expires in June 2018.

“There’s no contract on the table,” said the centre-half.

“There was in the summer, they offered me a pay rise. They didn’t offer me a new contract.

“They offered me a pay rise, which I’m entitled to discuss with my agent and entitled to say no to as well.

“I’m entitled to have my own opinion, so apart from that, that’s it.”

Fonte is also annoyed at being left out of Saints’ Europa League campaign by boss Claude Puel.

“Of course I’m disappointed,” he said. “I want to play every game.

“I’m fit to play every game. I’m always on the dance floor – I’m always fit. I worked really hard last year to play Europa League.

“I have to accept the decision from the manager and be ready when I’m called to play.

“If I’m called to play Europa League, I will be there, as simple as that. It is frustrating, but it’s football. Like the manager said, he wants people to be 100 per cent fit for every game. You have to accept the decision and move on.”

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