Southampton playmaker Dusan Tadic has followed up his earlier comments on the respect he deserves from manager Claude Puel, speaking to press in his home country of Serbia during the international break.
The Saints No.11 voiced his frustration at being regularly substituted by Puel earlier this week, having once again been brought off during the 2-1 defeat to Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
The Serbian was bought by former manager Ronald Koeman upon his arrival at St. Mary’s as a replacement for now-Liverpool man Adam Lallana.
However, having been a star player for the south coast club since his arrival, despite a previous fallout with Koeman before he left for Everton, the 28-year-old has become increasingly frustrated with his standing in the squad, and has followed up his comments having joined up with the international squad.
“I’m ready and it means a lot to the team,” said Tadic.
“So I don’t think the coach needs to substitute me, but I deserve more respect. I need to play 90 minutes because I feel this way, and the statistics show both.”
Whilst the attacking midfielder has not held back in terms of his frustrations, he is remaining coy on his future at St. Mary’s, adding:
“I haven’t thought about what I’m going to do at the end of the season, now I concentrate only on the national team and Southampton.”
After his time with Serbia, Tadic will return to Southampton for a south coast clash with Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth on 1st April.