Saints boss Hasenhuttl fends
In addition to denying rumors that Chelsea was considering signing Kyle Walker-Peters, Ralph Hasenhuttl declined to comment on the prospect of Southampton acquiring Timo Werner.
Walker-Peters is reportedly another possibility for the Blues’ Thomas Tuchel at wing-back.
Prior to Saints’ opening Premier League match against Tottenham on Saturday, Hasenhuttl had little interest in discussing potential transfers. The transfer window is still open for another four weeks.
The Southampton manager said when asked about Walker-Peters being a Chelsea target: “Before we go now through every player who maybe has interest from someone else, we should maybe concentrate on the games ahead
“The transfer window is now open still for a long time, and this is something that will definitely affect your questions in the future.
“But for me, it’s more important to bring the players into the shape to compete in the Premier League, and this is the focus I have.”
When asked if Saints might borrow Werner from Chelsea, the Austrian responded, “Nice try! But as I’ve already stated, I’m not here today to discuss other players.
“We are aware that there are talented guys out there. The transfer market is open for another 30 days or whatever, so we are keeping an eye on it.
“It’s absolutely too long; we have performed well thus far, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to do well once more in other positions. However, the time has come to focus on the games, and for me, this is more significant.
“But for now we are excited to start the Premier League season. It will be a very tough game at Tottenham, but we are very excited.
“The kind of players we have signed, we have seen in the past it can take some players some time to adapt to the Premier League. Some will need longer, but we also know some will be able to make an impact straight away.”