Arsenal target Shaw wants Southampton stay

Arsenal’s pursuit of Southampton prodigy Luke Shaw has taken a blow after the defender confirmed his intention to sign a new contract with the Premier League strugglers, ESPN has reported.

Shaw, 17, has featured on a regular basis for Nigel Adkins’ Saints, making 10 starts despite his young age and has chosen to remain on the south coast rather than follow two fellow Southampton academy graduates, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, to the Emirates Stadium.

The left-back pointed to Southampton’s faith in young players as a large factor in why he was happy to commit his future to the club. Shaw said: “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.

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 [James Ward-Prowse] has just signed a five-year deal – and that is what I want to be doing.

Shaw has made a total of 15 appearances for Southampton, all but one coming this season, making his Premier League debut as a substitute against West Bromwich Albion in November and his first start a week later, with Swansea City the opposition. Shaw has also represented England at youth level, winning caps for the U-16 and U-17 sides.

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