Arsenal and Chelsea 'starlet target' sale denied

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Southampton manager Nigel Adkins is adamant left-back Luke Shaw will not be sold.

The likes of Arsenal and Chelsea have both been linked with a move for Shaw, as have Premier League leaders Manchester City.

The trio scouted the youngster during Saints' Youth Cup tie against Bolton Wanderers, but Adkins says any interest will be met with a frank response.

"Luke Shaw is a big part of our future plans," Adkins said.

"We have got no intention believe you me of letting any of our young players move on," he continued.

"We want them in the first team in the Premier League playing for Southampton football club."

The likes of Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have all been snapped up by Premier League clubs after coming through the ranks at St Mary's, a youth system which continuing to churn out some of the country's finest young players; the latest being James Ward-Prowse.

The 17-year-old scored his first professional career goal against Coventry City in last weekend's FA Cup third round tie, with Adkins claiming afterwards he's ready to give more opportunities to the Championship leaders' young guns.

"We've got to try to give the youth-team players that pathway to progress and what a great goal from James Ward-Prowse," said Adkins.

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