Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier has urged the club's defender Luke Shaw to stay at St Mary's beyond the summer.

The 17-year-old left-back has had an impressive season in the Premier League after making 22 league appearances.

He has been heavily linked to a move to London to join Chelsea - the team he supported as a boy. But Le Tissier has encouraged the youngster to stay at the Saints.

He told reporters: "Personally if I was in that position, even with the difference in wages and stuff I would choose to play every week rather than be an understudy to, maybe, Ashley Cole who is still going to play week-in-week-out.

“There’s some serious money behind the club with the Liebherr family so from that point of view we should be able to keep him.

“He looked to get stronger week-by-week and at the back end of the season when he was out for a couple of games we missed him.

“That’s normally the sign of a very good footballer when he’s missing out of the team, it’s noticeable.

Le Tissier, who only ever played for one club, knows that Shaw has the ability for ply his trade at the top level one day and also compared Shaw to ex Saints star Wayne Bridge, saying: "I saw Wayne Bridge come through at Southampton and Bridgey started off as a left-sided midfielder. 

"He was OK in that position, wasn’t pulling up any trees but he moved to left-back and his form just got better and better.

“I can see a few similarities and I think left-back is probably Luke’s best position.

“He’s a brilliant crosser of the ball, on the run, great pace, he’s got strength for a young kid as well, a lot of good attributes there and he’ll only get better. He’s still a novice really at Premier League level and he’ll only get so much better.”

Shaw has reportedly agreed a five-year contract with the Saints in January but won't sign it until he turns 18 next month.

Le Tissier signed for Southampton in 1986 spending his whole career at the club. He became the first midfielder to score 100 Premier League goals and made eight appearances for England.


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