West Bromwich Albion chairman Jeremy Peace has denied the speculation that star man Saido Berahino will be departing the club after putting on a string of impressive performances this season, Skysports reports.
The 21-year-old rose through the ranks at the West Brom academy and has already scored seven goals in 11 appearances, prompting interest from both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
Peace said: “I wish to assure our supporters that Saido Berahino will not be going anywhere in January or, I hope, next summer.
“It is not in our minds at all to trade a footballer the club has worked so diligently to develop.
“He is contracted to play for West Bromwich Albion until at least the summer of 2017 and we are happy to sit down with him and discuss extending that commitment on terms which recognise his continuing improvement as a footballer and his growing importance to our own plans.
“We have begun that process by opening preliminary talks with Saido’s representatives and are delighted that this development has now taken him all the way to the senior England squad.
“This reflects proudly on our club and the efforts of all the staff who have played such a key role in Saido’s progress since he arrived here as an 11-year-old.
“However, it seems to have also generated unwarranted and excitable speculation about his future – which I wish to stress remains very firmly aligned to this football club.”