Ralph Hasenhuttl 'positive' Danny Ings will stay at Southampton

Ralph Hasenhuttl ‘positive’ Southampton talisman Danny Ings will stay at the club… as ace targets giving himself ‘best chance’ of being named in England’s Euro 2020 squad after double in win over Crystal Palace

  • Danny Ings made his injury return in Southampton’s victory over Crystal Palace 
  • Saints’ top scorer Ings netted twice at St Mary’s and is linked with a move away 
  • But Ralph Hasenhuttl says he is ‘positive’ Southampton will be able to keep Ings 
  • Ings’ clinical nature and his influence over the team were lauded by Hasenhuttl 

Ralph Hasenhuttl is ‘positive’ Southampton can keep hold of star man Danny Ings following the striker’s clinical match-winning display against Crystal Palace.

Saints top scorer Ings celebrated his return from a two-game injury absence by scoring twice – including his 100th goal in club football – as Saints came from behind to beat the Eagles 3-1.

The England international, who had been sidelined with a hamstring problem, has a year remaining on his existing contract and has been repeatedly linked with a move away from St Mary’s.

Ralph Hasenhuttl says he is ‘positive’ Southampton will be able to keep star man Danny Ings

Manager Hasenhuttl admits Southampton are ‘a different side’ when Ings plays and remains confident a new deal will be agreed.

‘He knows that we want him to stay with us as long as he wants. For us, it’s important that he stays with us,’ said Hasenhuttl.

‘I am also positive that it will happen, maybe not now but maybe we will find in the next few months a chance to make this happen.

‘With Danny we are a different side because he makes the chances we need to score and sometimes also goals when you don’t think there is a chance.  

Saints boss Hasenhuttl (above) insisted it is important to keep Ings for his goalscoring ability

‘The first goal was fantastic from him. And this is why he is important for us.’ 

Ings will look to press home his claim for a spot in England’s Euro 2020 squad for this summer with his manager’s glowing praise still ringing in his ears. 

‘I’ve got to give myself the best chance,’ Ings said when questioned over his chances of being selected by Gareth Southgate. 

‘I’ve been out for three weeks, the medical team have been unbelievable and I felt really good out there.’

Southampton’s fourth top-flight victory of a difficult 2021 moved them to 14th in the table, a point and a place behind their opponents. 

Ings was teed up by team-mate Che Adams and coolly slotted in to seal Southampton’s win

And Ings was as influential as ever to an improved Southampton days after their Premier League status was officially secured for another season. 

Christian Benteke thrashed in an early opener for Palace on the south coast before Ings slotted into the bottom corner to level the scores. 

The hosts were saved from falling behind on the stroke of half-time when Fraser Forster kept out Luka Milivojevic’s spot-kick.

Che Adams then dispatched beyond Vicente Guaita to hand Saints the lead before Ings secured them the three points after being teed up by his partner.

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