Ralph Hasenhuttl frustrated with Danny Ings turning down Southampton contract over Tottenham interest

Ralph Hasenhuttl reveals frustration with Danny Ings turning down Southampton’s contract offer amid Tottenham interest…

  • Ings is considered one of the best strikers outside of the traditional ‘Big Six’ clubs
  • In 2019-20 he scored 22 and finished second in the Premier League Golden Boot Sch
  • Tottenham reportedly wants Ings for £20million to get Harry Kane to work in advance
  • Ings allegedly turned down the highest-paid contract in club history
  • The 28-year-old is understood to want Champions League football next season

Ralph Hasenhuttl has expressed frustration with Danny Ings not signing a new deal with Southampton amid Tottenham’s transfer interest.

Ings will enter the final season of the three-year contract he signed in the summer of 2019, and if the club cannot agree on terms they will either have to sell him or risk losing him for free in 2022.

And Hasenhuttl told BBC Radio Solent – with gross understatement – that uncertainty about the star attacker’s future was ‘not a perfect situation’.

Ralph Hasenhuttl has revealed his frustration with Danny Ings (above) turning down a new contract

Southampton's star striker Ings is reportedly wanted by Tottenham's new manager Nuno Espirito Santo to team up front with compatriot Harry Kane (left) for the club

Southampton’s star striker Ings is reportedly wanted by Tottenham’s new manager Nuno Espirito Santo to team up front with compatriot Harry Kane (left) for the club

He said: ‘We need this player, we want him to play for us. But going into the final season with a year to go is never helpful – here’s what I think he should know. Messages like he won’t accept our contract, he won’t renew his contract, doesn’t help anyone (sic) – not him, not us.

“I don’t know who sent these messages, it’s not from us, certainly not. We have no interest in blaming the player or finding out that he doesn’t feel good here at this club, no interest in not helping to perform as well as possible for us. It’s his position and if it is, it would be a shame.’

The Spurs and new boss Nuno Espirito Santo are reportedly looking to buy Ings for £20million to partner Harry Kane in advance, with the three-cap England international eager to test himself at a higher level and play Champions League football.

Austrian boss Hasenhuttl (pictured) described his disappointment at 'not a perfect situation'

Austrian boss Hasenhuttl (pictured) described his disappointment at ‘not a perfect situation’

Ings reportedly turned down a contract to make him the highest paid player in Saints history geschiedenis

Ings reportedly turned down a contract to make him the highest paid player in Saints history geschiedenis

Austrian manager Hasenhuttl expressed disappointment at the situation, with reports that the former Liverpool man has turned down a four-year deal in that context, which would make him the highest-paid player in the club’s history.

He added: “He is our player for another year, we paid a lot of money for him. When we brought him here, we invested a lot to get him to the highest level and what he is like today. We stayed with him with all these injuries he had, gave him time to recover, gave him time to perform.

“There’s no reason to sell him, but it’s always a risk for the player when you go into your last year without a contract…injuries can happen, which nobody wants. One thing is also clear: if he doesn’t renew his contract, that’s not a perfect situation for him, but also not a perfect situation for us.’

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