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Premier League: Southampton's Jack Cork keen to open open contract talks

Jack Cork wants to open new contract talks with Southampton, although he remains focused on establishing himself in Ronald Koeman's first XI.

The midfielder is in his second spell on the south coast having spent time on loan in 2008 before joining on a permanent deal from Chelsea three years later, but is in the final year of his contract. 

"There has not been anything said, I've not said anything yet," said the 25-year-old. "I would like to see how many games I can play, see if I can do well, and see what happens after that.

"Obviously [leaving at the end of your deal] does cross people's minds, but this is a club I have been at for four years.

"Everyone is settled here and obviously it is nice to feel like you are wanted somewhere, so it would be nice [to talk about a new deal] but we'll see what happens.

"I just want to keep playing. I wasn't sure how the season was going to go from the start and if I can just keep staying in and around the squad, then let's see what happens after that."

Cork made his first start of the season in Saturday's 4-0 defeat of Newcastle, scoring his first league goal for the club in a win kicked off by a brace from new boy Graziano Pelle.

Another summer acquisition was Cork's close friend Ryan Bertrand, who joined on a season-long loan from Chelsea. 

The pair came through the Chelsea youth system together, went on loan to Bournemouth at the same time and represented England youth teams.

"He just turned up," Cork said. The first thing I saw was a picture on the internet and then he rang me and said 'where should I stay?' I was like 'what are you talking about?'

"It was funny. He is a great lad and he will help the team. He is one of my best friends in football."


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