Thursday 10 January 2013
Luke Shaw has committed his future to Southampton after his emergence through the ranks at the South Coast club had led to reports linking him with a move away.
"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"
The 17-year-old left-back made his first Barclays Premier League appearance for the club in November, against West Bromwich Albion, but such has been his impact that he has since made a further nine appearances in the English top flight. During that time Southampton have enjoyed an upturn in form after a slow start to the campaign and Shaw wants to be part of the resurgence.
"Southampton is the place to be for young kids like me," Shaw told the club’s official website. "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 spoken with the chairman about a long-term plan for me at the club. To put an end to all the speculation, I will be committing my future to Southampton. I’m not going anywhere."
The left-back’s decision comes in the wake of fellow academy graduate James-Ward Prowse, 18, who signed a five-year deal last November, and recognises Southampton’s policy of blooding their youngsters at the earliest possible opportunity as part of the club’s five-year plan to have 50% of their academy players playing for the first team.
"I have been at Southampton since a very young age so I've been here a long time now," said Shaw. "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."
"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 was promoted to the first-team squad last summer along with Ward-Prowse, Calum Chambers and Jack Stephens. Having made his debut as a substitute in an FA Cup match at Millwall a year ago, he made his first start in the second round of the Capital One Cup away at Stevenage last August.
The England Under-17 international made his full Barclays Premier League debut in the home draw with Swansea City and has started every match since.
Since the full-back’s introduction Southampton have pulled away from the foot of the table and compiled a run of results in which they have lost just twice in their last 10 league games – and Shaw is confident of building on that run of form at Aston Villa on Saturday.
"This will probably be our biggest game of the season," he said of Saturday's visit to Villa Park. "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.
"We will stay in the Premier League. We have been playing some superb football but the luck hasn’t gone our way recently."