Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow has made it very clear that his head has not been turned by interest from Premier League giants Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, declaring that his future is best served by staying at the City Ground and playing regular first-team football in the Championship.
All four clubs have been keeping close tabs on the 23-year-old with a view to a summer offer, but Darlow is happy at Forest and believes playing every week at this stage of his career is absolutely vital.
Happy at Forest
Darlow told the Nottingham Post: "It is a compliment, isn't it, being linked with Premier League clubs. But nothing has happened and I still have three years left on my contract here.
"I am very happy with the club and I am very happy playing. When I am playing is when I am at my happiest.
"When you come out and play every weekend, you cannot beat that."
No rush to hit the big time
A level-headed statement from the young stopper surely stands him in good stead for the long-term, with Darlow in no rush to prop up the bench at a big club for the time being.
Liverpool and Chelsea in particular are still in the market for a back-up goalkeeper, with the Blues in particular unlikely to keep both Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois happy moving forward as the star duo fight for a single spot.
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur meanwhile have already both signed new keepers this summer and will maintain a watching brief on Darlow for now, so expect to hear plenty more about one of the Championship's most highly rated youngsters over the next 12 months.