Southampton sign defender Jan Bednarek from Lech Poznan

Southampton announced the signing of defender Jan Badranek from Poland's Lech Poznan on a five-year contract. Defender Jack Stephens also signed a new five-year contract with Southampton on Saturday after breaking into the first team last season.

By: Reuters | Published:July 1, 2017 11:04 pm
Jan Bednarek, Lech Poznan, Southampton, Premiere leage football, Virgil van dijk, Jack Stephens, football news, sports news, indian express Defender Jan Bednarek becomes Southampton’s first signing of the summer. (Source: Twitter, Southampton)

Southampton have signed centre-back Jan Bednarek from Poland’s Lech Poznan on a five-year contract, the Premier League club announced on Saturday.

“Jan is an extremely promising young player who possesses significant potential,” Southampton vice-chairman Les Reed said in a statement about the player who represents Poland at the under-21 level.

“Jan provides additional depth to the impressive amount we have in that area, with Virgil van Dijk, Maya Yoshida and Jack Stephens having all performed so impressively there last season.”

Defender Stephens also signed a new five-year contract with Southampton on Saturday after breaking into the first team last season.

The 23-year-old formed a strong partnership with Yoshida in the heart of the Saints’ defence, making 23 appearances for the south coast club after Van Dijk’s season came to a premature end due to injury.

“I am absolutely delighted to extend my stay,” Stephens told the club website. (www.southamptonfc.com)

“It feels like home to me. I have really enjoyed my time here and am now looking forward to the next five years.”

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