Highly rated Southampton full-back Luke Shaw has pledged his long-term future to the Club after agreeing to pen a new five-year deal on his 18th birthday in July.
The commitment from the 17-year-old follows in the footsteps of fellow youngster James Ward-Prowse, who signed a five-year deal last November.
“I have spoken with the Chairman about a long term plan for me at the Club,” said Shaw.
“To put an end to all the speculation, I will be committing my future to Southampton. I’m not going anywhere.”
“I think Southampton is the place to be for young kids like me. I’m playing in the Premier League for the First Team and that is all anyone wants to be doing, so I just want to carry on.”
“I have been at Southampton since a very young age so I’ve been here a long time now. I think they are happy with me here, and this Club is great for young players like us.”
“If you look back over the years, Adam [Lallana] has come through the youth system and now he is the captain of the First Team, and Prowsey (James Ward-Prowse) has just signed a five-year deal – and that is what I want to be doing.”
“We have a lot of trust in our youth and there are more players coming through next year, so hopefully we will just carry on going.”
Shaw’s introduction to the Saints first-team has coincided with them putting together a good run of form which has seen them lose only two of their last ten league games.
In that period Nigel Adkins men have climbed out of the bottom three to 17th position with a better goal difference than 18th placed Wigan.
While Shaw is delighted to have agreed his deal at St Mary’s, he has already turned his thoughts to this weekend’s trip to Villa Park.
With Aston Villa just one point above the Saints in 16th, the young full-back knows that a win would further boost the Clubs hopes of Premier League survival.
“This will probably be our biggest game of the season,” said Shaw. “We know that we can beat them so, if we go there and play our game, I’m sure we can get three points.”
“We have a few games coming up that we can go and get points from and I believe we can do that.”
“I think we will stay in the Premier League. We have been playing some superb football but the luck hasn’t gone our way recently.”