Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse has signed a new five-year contract with the club.

The 26-year-old who has made 323 first-team appearances for Southampton, scoring 33 goals is now tied to the club until the summer of 2026.

On penning a new deal, the captain said:

“I’m over the moon. I think I’m probably the happiest man in the world right now. To come to this decision, I think has been massive and is a big step forward,”

“To commit my future again to this football club is something I’m incredibly proud of and a new chapter begins now for me.

“It’s probably the first time in my career that I’ve had that link away and that talk, but I think I was very keen to sit down and talk to the club and it’s worked both ways; they’ve sat down and told me their admiration for me and the way they want me to lead the team – and this club has done so much for me, I can’t put into the words the opportunities and chances that they’ve given me and I’m incredibly grateful for the club for doing that.

“I’m not finished yet here, I still have a lot left to give to this football club and I want to be there leading this team and ensuring I can give everything back and repay that faith the club have shown in me since I was eight years old.”

Ward-Prowse and Southampton will hope to bounce back from the 3-1 opening day defeat against Everton last week at Goodison Park as they take on Manchester United on Sunday.

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