Mohammed Salisu to stay at Southampton despite Real Valladolid interest - Reports

Published on: 11 January 2021

Ghanaian defender Mohammed Salisu is set to stay Southampton amid transfer talks linking him back to Real Valladolid.

The 21-year-old who joined the Premier League outfit this summer is yet to make his debut for the club.

Salisu missed The Saints FA Cup game against Shrewsbury Town over the weekend due to injury.

Due to lack of playing time, the promising defender has been linked back to his former side, Valladolid according to reports.

But according to the Athletic’s Dan Sheldon, who has confirmed on Twitter that the Ghanaian is part of long-term plans for Saints once he returns from his latest injury issue.

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has assured Salisu that he is part of the big project at the club.

In the 2019/20 season, he averaged 1.3 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and five clearances per game and put in some dominant showings.

His reading of opposition attacks allows him to make crucial tackles and interceptions, whilst he also proved strong in the air by winning an average of 2.5 aerial duels per match.

Saints signed Salisu for a fee of around £11m and has made the substitutes bench on six occasions.