Ronald Koeman
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is expecting Nathaniel Clyne and Morgan Schneiderlin to remain with the club next season.Reuters

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is hoping that Manchester United target Nathaniel Clyne and Arsenal target Morgan Schneiderlin will remain with the club next season as he does not expect major changes like the previous summer transfer window.

The Saints lost a host of players to rival Premier League clubs before the start of this year's campaign, but have still managed to challenge the top sides, and were in the top four of the Premier League for most of the campaign.

However, in recent months they have lost some of their momentum and are currently in the seventh place, but just two points behind Liverpool, who are in the fifth place.

Schneiderlin and Clyne have been strongly linked with summer moves to Arsenal and United respectively, and it is believed that both the clubs are keenly pursuing the duo.

But the Dutch manager, who is aware of the interest, is hoping that the two remain with the club and they have begun talks over a new contract for the defender, while the French midfielder still has two years remaining on his current deal.

"I expect everybody back in June. Last week I mentioned about the (contract) situation on Clyne, there is no update about that and Morgan still has a contract," Koeman is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

"I hope that everybody stays because it means we will have a good team for next season."

"I think it will be more stable than last year, that's for sure. We had so many changes in the team and I don't think that will happen again," the Saints boss added.

Koeman, who took over from Mauricio Pochettino last summer, is delighted with Southampton's campaign this season and believes it will be very difficult to top it and break into the top four.

The St Mary's outfit have been consistent the entire season, and only dropped out of the top four in recent months due to lack of consistency, but they still have the meanest defence in the Premier League along with Chelsea and have beaten Manchester United and Arsenal this campaign.

"This season for Southampton has been incredible. One point behind Tottenham, two points behind Liverpool and to make the next step, I don't say it's impossible, but it's very, very difficult," the former Feyenoord manager explained.

"But we will try and we have our own philosophy in the club and it is about young players and how we like to play football."

"That's the quality of Southampton - the structure of the club, the organisation of the team, the quality of the players, our academy. Where that finishes, I don't know," Koeman concluded.