Manchester United and Chelsea have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Luke Shaw, after the England Under-21 defender told Southampton he has no desire to leave the club during the January transfer window, according to the Telegraph.
Shaw has made 40 Premier League starts for the Saints at the tender age of 18, and believes he would be best served staying and progressing with the club he has been at since he was a boy.
That is unlikely to stop Manchester United and Chelsea making a bid for a player thought to be one of the most promising in English football.
But Southampton remain confident they can hang onto Shaw not only for the duration of this transfer window, but beyond next summer also.
Shaw would have been able to move away from St Mary’s before he turned 18 last July, following concrete interest from Chelsea.
However, he decided to sign his first professional contract with Mauricio Pochettino’s side, and it is not due to expire until 2018.
Whilst Southampton remain aware of the interest in Shaw from Manchester United and Chelsea, there have been no official bids from either side.
The Saints are aware that having sold Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Arsenal for £15million in August 2011 – with the player never having played outside of League One – that they can demand in excess of £20million for Shaw.