Ralph Hasenhuttl ‘positive’ Southampton star Danny Ings will remain with the club

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Ralph Hasenhuttl ‘positive’ Southampton talisman Danny Ings stays with the club … as ace targets giving themselves the ‘best chance’ of being named in England’s Euro 2020 squad after a double win over Crystal Palace

Ralph Hasenhuttl is ‘positive’ that Southampton star man Danny Ings can keep after the forward’s clinical match-winning display against Crystal Palace.

Saints top scorer Ings celebrated his return from a two-game injury by scoring twice – including his 100th goal in club football – when Saints came from behind to beat the Eagles 3-1.

The England international, who was offside with a hamstring problem, has a year to go on his contract and has been repeatedly linked with a move away from St Mary’s.

Ralph Hasenhuttl says he is ‘positive’ that Southampton can keep star man Danny Ings

Manager Hasenhuttl admits Southampton is ‘a different side’ when Ings plays and remains confident that a new deal will be negotiated.

“He knows we want him to stay with us as long as he wants. It is important to us that he stays with us, ‘says Hasenhuttl.

‘I’m also sure it will, maybe not now, but maybe we’ll find an opportunity to make this happen in the coming months.

‘With Danny we are a different side because he makes the chances we need to score and sometimes goals when you think there is no chance.

Saints boss Hasenhuttl (above) stressed the importance of keeping Ings for his scoring ability

Saints boss Hasenhuttl (above) stressed the importance of keeping Ings for his scoring ability

The first goal was fantastic from him. And that’s why he’s important to us. ‘

Ings will try to advance his claim for a spot on England’s Euro 2020 team for this summer, while his manager’s words of praise still ring in his ears.

“I have to give myself the best chance,” Ings said when asked about his chances of being selected by Gareth Southgate.

“I was gone for three weeks, the medical team was incredible and I felt really good out there.”

Southampton’s fourth top-level win of a difficult 2021 took them to 14th in the table, one point and one place behind their opponents.

Ings was sacked by teammate Che Adams and fell in coolly to seal Southampton's victory

Ings was sacked by teammate Che Adams and fell in coolly to seal Southampton’s victory

And Ings was as influential as ever for an improved Southampton days after their Premier League status was officially assured for another season.

Christian Benteke hit an early opener for Palace on the south coast before Ings slid into the bottom corner to even the scores.

The hosts were saved from behind just before half time when Fraser Forster deflected Luka Milivojevic’s penalty kick.

Che Adams then sent over Vicente Guaita to put Saints in charge before Ings secured them the three points after being picked up by his partner.

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