Southampton defender Yan Valery has signed a new contract with the club until 2023, it has been confirmed. 

The Frenchman was handed his senior debut by Mark Hughes in the Saints’ Carabao Cup exit to Leicester City earlier on in the season. 

However, under Ralph Hasenhuttl, he has cemented his place in the starting line-up, with the manager placing his faith in the academy graduate as Cedric Soares departed for Inter Milan on loan. 

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Valery has scored two goals in his last two games, with the strikes coming away at Manchester United and at home in the recent 2-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur. 

The youngster appears to be a key part of Southampton’s plans for the future, and the club have acted to tie down the former Rennes youngster for a further four years. 

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