Southampton FC are well known for producing some of British football's top young names.

Gareth Bale - who recently became the world's most expensive player in a £85million move to Real Madrid - as well as England internationals Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott, are fine examples.

Walcott made 23 appearances for the Saints, finding the net on five occasions. He then moved to Premier League giants Arsenal, where he's netted 63 times after 267 games for the north London outfit.

Meanwhile, Oxlade-Chamberlain (four years his junior) scored ten goals in 43 appearances at St Mary's, before going on to follow in his England team-mate's footsteps as he has so far scored six in 60 for the Gunners.

Perhaps the biggest name to come from the Saints academy is Real Madrid's Welshman Gareth Bale. The winger, who has 41 senior international caps to his name, turned out 45 times for the Saints, before netting 55 goals in 203 games for Spurs.

In 2013, he famously completed a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid for a world record transfer fee.

The famous academy, lead by Matt Crocker, are currently represented by nine squads from Under-9 to Under-18 levels.

In May this year, Tottenham Hostpur manager Andre Villas-Boas described the south-coast academy as "a great school of development", in an interview with BBC Sport.

"Southampton falls into the same category as Sporting Lisbon, like Barcelona, which is to nurture." the Portuguese manager said.

Southampton still continue to produce top players. Academy graduates James Ward-Prowse (who was in Peter Taylor's England U20 World Cup squad this year) and full-back Luke Shaw have both played for England U21s this year under Gareth Southgate. Also, they have represented their club in the Premier League on a number of occasions.

The right-sided teenager Callum Chambers has been capped on ten occasions for the England U19 squad, and has also recently impressed in the Premier League.

So, with Gareth Bale's big money move to the Spanish capital, where he will play alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, where will Southampton's fresh talent move to in their careers? Will they follow the pattern by escalating to great heights?

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