SOUTHAMPTON have announced their player release list following the end of the Premier League season, with just two players departing on free transfers.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men finished 15th in the table, just five points above the drop zone.
But the Austrian appears to be keeping the faith in his underperforming squad after letting go of just two aces.
Fraser Forster’s exit to Tottenham on a free transfer had already been confirmed by Southampton.
And youngster Harry Lewis has also parted ways with the St Mary’s outfit.
However, others who were set to be out of contract look set to stay.
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Ex-Chelsea goalie Willy Caballero is in talks over a new deal after impressing since his January arrival.
Shane Long, back from his Bournemouth loan, is also in line to extend his contract for a further year.
Meanwhile, Southampton have finally confirmed that No1 stopper Alex McCarthy has committed his future with a new long-term deal.
Reports earlier this year claimed the goalie had agreed to stay put on the south coast.
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But Saints were yet to make the news official.
And they have also revealed that Jack Stephens has penned a fresh contract too.
Like McCarthy, the defender is thought to have struck terms earlier this year.
However, loan striker Armando Broja has returned to Chelsea after shining for the Saints.
The Albania international scored nine goals in 38 appearances this term.
And although Hasenhuttl is keen on signing Broja permanently, he will first get a chance to impress Thomas Tuchel in pre-season training at Stamford Bridge.
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