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Jose Fonte posts statement committing to Southampton

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07:  Jose Fonte of Southampton in action during the pre-season friendly between Southampton and Athletic Club Bilbao at St Ma
Image: Jose Fonte says he will give "blood, sweat and tears" for Southampton

Jose Fonte has released a statement on social media to "make perfectly clear" he is committed to Southampton.

The Saints captain was linked with a move away from St Mary's Stadium this summer after an impressive Euro 2016 performance with Portugal in which he starred at centre-back alongside Real Madrid defender Pepe. 

Manchester United were one of the clubs reported to be interested in the 32-year-old after his international showings, with Fonte also represented by Jorge Mendes, the same agent as United boss Jose Mourinho.

Paul Pogba (L) vies for possession with Jose Fonte (R)
Image: Fonte (R) was linked with Manchester United during the transfer window

Southampton manager Claude Puel grew frustrated with the timing of reports surrounding Fonte's future, which coincided with their first Premier League game of the season against United, and after Wednesday saw the close of the summer transfer window Fonte posted a statement on social media reiterating his commitment to the south coast club. 

Fonte's statement read: "Once in the national team only national team interviews/talks are allowed hence my 'let's leave that for another time' when asked about questions regarding my own club situation.

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"To make it perfectly clear to everyone that might have some difficulty understanding I am a Southampton player, and proudly have been since 2010, understand that once I step on the pitch with the saints shirt and armband I give my blood, sweat and tears for the club and will always will no matter what you read or think.

"My professionalism means everything to me, and no one can point me a finger about it. I am fully committed to succeed with my two teams @southamptonfc and @selecoesportugal.

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"Thank you #wemarchon." 

Fonte is currently away with the Portugal squad as they prepare to face Switzerland in their first World Cup Qualifier on Tuesday. He will be expected to return for Southampton's next Premier League fixture, away at Arsenal on September 10.

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