New boss Koeman insists Southampton aren’t a club in the business of selling after they turned down Liverpool’s reported £20 million offer for Croatian international Lovren last week.
“We said: ‘Okay, this is it – we are not a selling club.’ The players have contracts. We don’t sell any more players and we will try keep to that,” he said.
“We sold three players – that’s good enough money. Now we will keep the rest and we will continue with what we did last season.
“I know Liverpool have a lot of money and they will spend that money and maybe they want to buy a player from Southampton.
“But as manager of Southampton I have to do everything to keep those players. The final decision is with the board.”
Lovren appeared to be forcing a move to Anfield through last week, quoted by ESPN as saying in his head is already at Liverpool:
“Liverpool sent the offer and the club haven’t informed me. Not even about the subsequent Liverpool bids. That wasn’t right. I found out about the bid from other people which disappointed me and I realised I’ve got no business staying at Southampton.
“Liverpool sent a £20 million and they [Southampton] paid nine million for me, so they would’ve earned twice the amount.
“At this point, I don’t know what I’ll do and I don’t like it. It was unbelievable that a few days ago I had an offer of £20 million. It was in the morning and by the afternoon the club had said I was not for sale. Frankly, my head is already at Liverpool.”
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