Saints duo sign long-term deals

Southampton have confirmed that goalkeeper Fraser Forster and midfielder James Ward-Prowse have agreed new long-term contracts.

The Saints duo have become key players in Ronald Koeman's squad this season and penned new terms just days after Virgil van Dijk signed a new six-year contract.

"There's real ambition around the place and it's good to be a part of it," said 28-year-old Forster, who has penned a new five-year deal.

Academy graduate Ward-Prowse, who made his debut for the club as a 16-year-old in their first season back in the top flight, has agreed a six-year contract with the club's he joined as an eight year old.

"When I knew I had the chance to extend my stay here, it was a no-brainer for me," said the England Under-21 captain.

"I'm delighted. It's been another good year for the club and I think there's real ambition around the place and it's good to be a part of it, so to commit and sign a new deal is unbelievable and I'm just looking forward to getting stated again.

"Every player wants to keep moving forward in their career and for me especially I'm very ambitious, and I think at this club there is that real ambition and desire to keep moving forward and improve year-in, year-out.

"If you look at just last week with Virgil signing his new deal, that was obviously positive news and after last year and then this year it's obvious things are moving forward and hopefully we can keep doing that in the future."