Teenage star Shaw snubs and Chelsea and Arsenal to sign five-year deal at Southampton
Simon Peach, Press Association
10:14 GMT, 10 January 2013
11:17 GMT, 10 January 2013
Chelsea and Arsenal target Luke Shaw will sign a five-year deal at Southampton on his 18th birthday.
The highly rated 17-year-old left back has been attracting admiring glances from a number of the Barclays Premier League’s elite.
However, the latest talent off Southampton's production line has ended any speculation over his future by today committing his long-term future to the club.
Saint Luke: Shaw (right) will sign a five-year deal at Southampton
He cannot sign a senior contract yet but it is believed Shaw will be seal a five-year deal when he does turn 18 on July 12, 2013.
'I have spoken with the chairman about a long-term plan for me at the club,' the defender said.
'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.
Making his mark: Shaw has impressed in the Premier League this season
'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 commitment to Southampton follows on from fellow academy graduate Ward-Prowse, who signed his five-year deal at in November.
Full back Shaw has become an integral part of Nigel Adkins’ side in recent months, having started every match since his full Premier League debut against Swansea in November.