Football: Struggling Southampton boosted by Shaw's pledge
LONDON (Reuters) - Struggling Southampton received a shot in the arm on Thursday when their sought-after defender Luke Shaw pledged his long-term future to the football club.
The 17-year-old had been linked with other Premier League clubs such as Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City in recent weeks, and fans of the south coast club were braced for another nurtured starlet to go the way of Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain into the arms of a big-money club.
But Southampton announced the English attacking full-back would be staying with the Saints.
"Southampton is the place to be for young kids like me. I'm playing in the Premier League for the first team and that is all anyone wants to be doing, so I just want to carry on," Shaw told the club's website.