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“I am very happy” - Ralph Hasenhuttl on Jan Bednarek signing new Southampton contract

Ralph Hasenhuttl hailed Jan Bednarek as he becomes the latest Southampton player to sign a new contract.

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Yesterday evening, Southampton announced that Jan Bednarek had signed a new contract with the club that takes him to 2025 with the Saints.

The 24-year-old Poland international has been ever-present in Southampton’s defence and has formed a solid partnership with Jannik Vestergaard this season in the Premier League.

Bednarek also netted for Saints in last weekend’s 3-2 loss to Manchester United.

The centre-back joins James Ward-Prowse, Oriol Romeu, Shane Long and Will Smallbone in the list of players to have signed new deals so far this season.

And Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl seems buoyed at the news that Saints have tied down another first team player for the foreseeable future.

“I am very happy that Jan has extended his contract,” said Hasenhuttl. “He’s a Southampton player but he is also still young with a lot of potential, so it is good for us to strengthen our commitment with him.

“He is a good example of someone who has worked hard to establish himself with us and I think he can continue to improve here and be an important player for us in the future.”

Bednarek, himself, also appears excited to stay on at Saints as he feels it’s the best place for him to develop.

“I think it’s the next step in my development,” Bednarek told the club’s website. “I feel like this is the right place for me at the moment, and I can really enjoy my time here.

“I still see myself as a player who can improve a lot at this place, so there was only one decision for me to sign a new contract and help Southampton to become a better club.”