Southampton defender Yan Valery has signed a new contract with the club until 2023, it has been confirmed.
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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.
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.
Four reasons why Valery's new deal is good news for Saints
Valery is a hugely talented player. He’s displayed his quality this season and looks at home in the Premier League.
Southampton have always prided themselves on having academy graduates in their first-team line-up. With Valery’s future secured, this will continue.
Valery is getting better and better with each game he plays. The Frenchman is developing well under Ralph Hasenhuttl and will continue on a similar path.
Message to the club's youngsters
Valery’s breakthrough this season should send a clear message to the club’s budding youngsters. He is proving that if the academy graduates can take their chances, they will be rewarded with regular game time.