Nathaniel Clyne: I want to play in Champions League

Nathaniel Clyne of Southampton celebrates after scoring
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Nathaniel Clyne says he wants to play Champions League football after being linked with a move away from Southampton.

The right-back insists he is focused on playing for Saints at the moment, though, and is set to hold talks about his future at the end of the season.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has admitted it will be difficult to keep the England defender, who is reportedly a target for Manchester United.

I am an ambitious person and I want to play Champions League football.
Nathaniel Clyne

And Clyne said he wants to win trophies and play in Europe’s premier competition.

Speaking at a fund-raising event for the Football Fighting Ebola campaign, he told Sky Sports News HQ: “It’s always good to have teams looking out for you, it shows how well you’ve been doing all season.

“I am going to take that, and keep on performing and be the best player I can be.

“Right now I’m concentrating on playing for Southampton, there are still games to play, and try to push for that fourth spot.

“I am an ambitious person and I want to play Champions League football. To win the title and the FA Cup, that is what I want.”

The south coast club currently lie fifth in the Premier League table, four points off a Champions League spot.

Clyne was surprisingly left on the bench for Southampton's 2-0 home victory over Hull City at St Mary's on Saturday.

"I was a bit disappointed not to be in the starting team, everyone wants to start," he added.

"It was a bit of a shock but there are a lot of players fighting for position and when you are not in the team you just have to keep fighting to get back in."

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