Saints loanee Cedric Soares admitted that ‘life goes on’ if Inter Milan decide against signing him permanently in the summer.

The Portuguese international joined the Serie A club on loan until the end of the season, with Inter having the option to make it a permanent deal.

However, recent reports in the Italian media have suggested that the Nerazzurri want to revisit the possibility of luring Matteo Darmian away from Manchester United.

And Cedric, who was speaking before tonight’s Europa League tie with Eintracht, said: “I have not looked at this story of redemption.

“It is a great honour to be here, Inter gave me confidence and I have it in me.

“I will always give my best on the pitch, then at the end of the season we’ll see the decision: if they keep me, fine, otherwise, life goes on.”

Cedric has made five appearances for Inter since his January move.

Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl decided to let the right-back leave on loan after putting his faith in academy graduate Yan Valery.

The emergence of Valery, 20, has become one of the highlights of Saints' season.

And his stunning goal against Manchester United last weekend was another example of why Hasenhuttl was right to trust the Frenchman to steer Saints away from the relegation zone.