West Brom striker Shane Long has revealed that he is hoping to stay at The Hawthorns.
The Republic of Ireland striker has been linked with moves away from the Midlands in recent months, with the likes of Liverpool, Lazio and Sevilla said to be interested.
Despite the arrival of Romelu Lukaku, who has limited the 26-year-old’s playing time, Long has still manager 27 first-team appearances this term, notching nine goals along the way.
But, he insisted that he is fully committed to the Baggies, and is expecting to still be a West Brom player next season:
“Am I committed to West Brom for next season? Yes, I’m happy here. I like playing for the manager here. He is very good, and I’m learning a lot every week,” he is quoted by Sky Sports.
“The lads are a good bunch, the family are happy up here, so I’m not looking to move on.”
Long went on to state that the speculation is not effecting him, and that he is focused purely on helping Wet Brom build on their impressive start to the campaign:
“I’m concentrating on this season and hopefully getting a few more goals before the summer and kicking on from there.”
Long also praised Lukaku, who has netted 12 times since his arrival from Chelsea over the summer, and revealed that he hopes the Belgian will spend next year on loan with the club as well:
“They (Chelsea) paid £18m for him. I thought they’d bring him in with a view to bringing him off the bench and giving him games and forcing his way into the team,
“I suppose with Demba Ba coming in there, rather than having Rom sitting in the reserves at Chelsea it is better to put him on loan to us, playing games every week and showing what he can do.
“Hopefully he will come back next season.”