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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Jan 9, 2013

Southampton's Shaw inks new deal

Reported Arsenal target Luke Shaw has ended speculation over his future by signing a new contract with Southampton.

Luke Shaw has made a positive impression in the Premier League this season
Shaw has impressed for Southampton this season at left-back

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Shaw, 17, had been linked with a transfer to Arsenal, after impressing for the Saints this season in his ten Premier League starts.

But the English left-back has opted to commit to Southampton, instead of following the likes of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in heading for North London, by inking a long-term deal at the St Mary's Stadium.

"I have spoken with the chairman about a long term plan for me at the club," Shaw told his club's official website.

"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."

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