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Fonte calls for ambition

Southampton defender Jose Fonte has called on the club to show their ambition by keeping their best players and manager Mauricio Pochettino this summer.

Defender Fonte wants Southampton to build on their productive season next term and push for a top-six finish.

As a result of Southampton's success this season a number of their best young talents, including Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw, have found themselves in demand, while there remains uncertainty over the long-term future of Pochettino.

Fonte now hopes the Southampton board can match the ambition of the players by pulling out all the stops to keep their best players and also bring in new talent for next season.

Asked if this is a crucial summer for the Saints, Fonte told the Daily Echo: "Yes, definitely so. We will wait to see what is going to happen.

"Of course [top six] is the aim, but we need to see what happens this summer. If the club decides to go for it or not.

"We want to be successful and to push forward for better things so let's hope that they can match the ambition of the players.

"Of course to get better we need better players than we have. There is no point in bringing in lower quality.

"We need to bring in top quality for us to fight for the top four, otherwise it is very difficult."