Nathaniel Clyne is today's king of mixed messages. After the right back -- widely considered one of the best the Premier League has to offer -- was held out of/rested for Southampton's win against Hull, he was asked about the rumours about a potential summer move. And, like I said, mixed messages:
I'm flattered by the interest from the big clubs. It shows that I'm doing well and I've had a good season. Champions League football is everyone’s dream and hopefully we can do it for Southampton. I am an ambitious person and I want to play Champions League football. To win the title and the FA Cup, that is what I want.
The 'big clubs' Clyne is referring to are probably Chelsea and Manchester United, both of whom have been linked to the 24-year-old. They're also in far better position to content for titles and Champions League wins than Southampton, whose valiant efforts over the past couple of seasons have come up far short in crunch time.
So on the one hand, Clyne is making noises about wanting to stay with the Saints and on the other is talking about ambition, which is not-so-coded language for 'I'm really good and want to play for a better team and make some money'. Chelsea are certainly in a position to do that, although I think we're less needy at right back than a team starting Antonio Valencia.
Likelihood of a Clyne move? High, I think. As to where he ends up, however ... I have my doubts that it'll be Stamford Bridge. It's worth keeping an eye on, though.