Manchester United & Chelsea transfer target Luke Shaw appears pleased by speculation linking with him with such reputable clubs, but has also admitted that he would be happy to remain at Southampton for the foreseeable future.
18-year-old Shaw has proved a revelation for the Saints in recent times and his excellent run of form has seen the £30 million-rated player consistently linked with both of those aforementioned Premier League giants.
"‘It’s a good thing to be linked with them, but I don’t concentrate on that, I’ve got football to focus on," Shaw was quoted by The Metro.
"Yeah of course [I’d be happy to stay at Southampton], I’ve said it a number of times, it’s a great club and I’m still young and have a lot to learn."
Whether Southampton - whose fine Premier League season continued with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Everton on Saturday - will be able to keep hold of arguably the most promising young defender in the country beyond this summer remains to be seen.
Manchester United certainly appear to be in the market for a new market for a new left-back with Patrice Evra shortly to be out of contract at Old Trafford, but any final moves for new recruits may have to wait to be finalised until a permanent successor to David Moyes is appointed in the coming months.
Chelsea, meanwhile, also appear to be in need of a new defender of Shaw's caliber, with Jose Mourinho having opted to deploy right-back Cesar Azpilicueta on the left-hand side for the majority of the season.
And while England stalwart Ashley Cole proved his enduring quality with a fine display during yesterday's 2-0 triumph over Liverpool at Anfield, it seems unlikely that he will be offered a new deal to remain at Stamford Bridge.
But while there certainly appears to be a lot of heavyweight transfer interest in his services, Shaw - a boyhood Chelsea fan - always gives the impression that he is a very sensible and level-headed young player.
Given that he should have well over a decade at the elite level ahead of him, Shaw has plenty of time to make his next move and it is certainly not inconceivable that he could spend another year at St. Mary's continuing to learn his trade under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino.