Southampton midfielder Jack Cork believes that team-mate Adam Lallana could follow in the footsteps of Matt Le Tissier by spending his whole career at the South Coast club.

The playmaker has been, arguably, one of the Premier League’s star performers this term, growing into a pivotal role under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino.

His excellent form has led to international recognition from Roy Hodgson – who is believed to be considering him for his World Cup squad.

As well as England, a number of top club sides are also tracking the 25-year-old, with Manchester United and Liverpool said to be the most interested.

However, Cork feels that his midfield partner will stay a Saints star as Le Tissier – who rejected numerous big moves during his playing days – did on his way to becoming a hero at St Mary’s Stadium:

“When Saints went down to League One I thought he would move but he stayed and showed loyalty to the club and brought them up two divisions.” He is quoted by the Daily Star.

“I don’t see why he wouldn’t want to stay if the club can match his ambitions because he stayed while they went right down to the bottom.

“It would be nice if he did become a Matt Le Tissier type figure. I know everyone in the city thinks so highly of him and there is no reason he can’t emulate that.

“I think that bad phase with the club has help him become such a good player. Now he is showing how good he is.”

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