In demand left back Luke Shaw ended transfer talks by signing a new contract with Southampton. The new contract will hold him at the club until summer of 2018.
The impressive full back made an impact in his first season with the senior squad, making an impressive 25 league appearances at the young age of seventeen. His performances reportedly caught the eye of Premier League giants Manchester United and Tottenham, according to the The Sun. Nonetheless, Shaw was not tempted by the bright lights and the money signs of the giants, but instead signed a new five year £25,000-a-week deal to stay with the Saints.
“I’m very pleased to have finally signed it, I committed myself back in January, and I’m glad everything has been sorted out,” Shaw explained to Southampton’s official website,
“I’ve been getting a lot of questions about my future, but all of the Saints fans will have known that I committed my future in January.
“I’ve been here since I was eight and I’ve loved every single moment of it. I want to stay at this Club, and signing this contract means I’m here for another five years.”
With speculation now in the rear view mirror, both Southampton and Shaw can now focus on the 18-year old’s progress and get back to work. Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino was unfazed by the new contract agreement, but was delighted about being able to keep his valuable academy graduate developing under his mentorship.
“This news merely confirms what we have known for some time – that Luke sees Southampton as the best place for him to develop,” Pochettino shared, according to Sky Sports.
“It is very clear that he has a huge future ahead of him, and we are delighted that he shares our vision for his growth over the next few years.”
Shaw chose not to follow in the steps of other Southampton prodigies such as Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale, and Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain by moving to a bigger club. Touted as the next “Gareth Bale,” the Saints can feel optimistic about keeping such a promising youngster.