Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has confirmed that the club will not sign Feyenoord midfielder Tonny Vilhena this month.

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vilhena fey sampThe Premier League side have been linked with a move for Vilhena since the summer, but former Feyenoord boss Ronald Koeman has stated that they will not make their move this January.

Koeman said during his press conference, “There is perhaps one player to strengthen our squad, but it will not be Vilhena.”

Under Koeman, Vilhena was a regular starter, but the 21-year-old has played a bit part role under Giovanni van Bronckhorst this season. Koeman believes the competition for his position will only make Vilhena stronger.

He added,  “A young player just gets better from strong competition, but he must occasionally play. The selection of today and the selection in my time at Feyenoord is not comparable. Feyenoord have many midfielders contracted and Vilhena must now fight for his chance.

“I do believe that a young player can only get better when he plays. He is still young and I think he can learn a lot at Feyenoord. ”

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