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Southampton Boss Plays Down Pablo Osvaldo Exit Talk

Saints boss denies striker is looking to leave.

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Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has played down reports that record signing Dani Osvaldo is looking to make a swift exit from the club during the January transfer window, Sky Sports reports.

Sources close to the club have suggested that the former Roma man is looking to move on after failing to settle at the club he joined over the summer.

Osvaldo penned a four-year deal with the south coast side in August with the Saints shelling out a record £12.8m on his signature, and Pochettino has suggested that a simple confidence boost is all the player needs as he continues to adapt to the rigours of Premier League football.

“Nowadays with social media like Facebook and Twitter anybody can put any type of news out there and so we don’t really pay attention to that,” the Argentinian manager told the Daily Echo.

“We take those things for what they are and focus on the reality. The toughest thing is that on social media you can’t prove anything or disprove anything.

“Anyone can throw any kind of news out there and it’s hard to disprove or prove that news. For us the most important thing is that we know the personal situation of every single player and we just have to keep going and not pay attention to that.”

Osvaldo had been plying his trade with Serie A giants Roma and Pochettino reckons that it will only be a matter of time before he gets to grips with English football.

“He’s still in the process of adapting,” Pochettino added. “There’s a big difference between the Spanish, Italian and the Premier League.

“After getting to know the French league, the Italian league and the Spanish league I think being here in England this is the toughest competition.

“Every player needs their own personal time to adapt to this league. Every player is different but I am sure he won’t have any problems adapting to this league and I’m sure that in a few months we are going to see the best of him.”

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