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Artur open to new Saints deal
Artur Boruc insists he is leaving discussions over an extension to his Saints contract in the hands of his agent and the club.
The keeper emerged as the hero in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Norwich, brilliantly saving a controversial penalty in added time from Grant Holt.
The 33-year-old credited the stop to goalkeeping coach Toni Jiménez, for his homework on which way the Canaries striker was most likely to go.
Boruc, who has cemented the number one position at St Mary’s, is due to be out of contract in the summer, having only joined last September on a short-term deal until the end of the season.
Saints have extended the contracts of a number of players in recent weeks, and Boruc’s recent performances mean he also warrants consideration.
But the Polish stopper claims he is not getting personally involved in talks and is instead leaving that up to his representative.
“I’ll leave it to my agent and the club. I’m just doing my best and I’m working hard, so we’ll see what’s going to happen,” he said.
Boruc’s full-stretch save from Holt perhaps completed his redemption with the Saints fans, following an incident last October when he was alleged to have thrown a water bottle at supporters during the 2-1 home defeat to Spurs, in only his second game for the club.
The former Celtic and Fiorentina keeper was dropped after that match, while the club conducted an investigation, and although he was quickly given the all-clear to return to contention, he did not play again until January.
Since then, though, he has brought some much-needed stability to the goalkeeping position. While the highlight of his time with Saints was undoubtedly Saturday’s vital penalty stop, Boruc refused to take credit for it himself, instead praising the role of Jiménez.
“The goalkeeping coach has done his homework, so it was quite easier for me – a bit easier,” he said of the former Spain international, who was Mauricio Pochettino’s assistant at Espanyol.
Boruc’s stop helped end a run of five matches without a clean sheet, making his save all the more satisfying.
“It was a tough game for us and defensively we were playing good and looking good,” he said.
“It’s a good point for us, especially here, away from home. It’s always difficult.
“We’re pretty happy with the clean sheet as well. We missed for that the last couple of weeks.”
Boruc added: “It was a bit of misunderstandings that we didn’t keep a clean sheet (recently), and that was important for us (on Saturday) and from now on it is going to be better.”
The point at Norwich moved Saints four clear of the relegation zone, although Wigan, who are 18th, now have a game in hand, having been in FA Cup action at the weekend.
Victories for QPR and Aston Villa on Saturday have brought those two teams closer to Saints, who now face home matches against Liverpool and Chelsea.
But Boruc still expects them to survive.
“I’m quite confident,” he said. “We don’t look like a team who should be relegated and that’s the main thing, you know. We are quite confident. I think it’s a matter of time and we are going to grab points.”