Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse has signed a brand new five-year contract to place an finish to hypothesis linking him with an exit from St Mary’s.
The Saints rejected a £25million bid from Aston Villa for the England midfielder earlier this summer time.
The South Coast membership had been reported to be asking for a complete of £50m for Ward-Prowse, double the quantity Villa had bid.
However now the captain has confirmed his dedication to the Saints, penning a long-term extension only one 12 months after signing one other five-year contract at St Mary’s.
The 26-year-old midfielder has been with the Saints since he was eight, making his first-team debut at 16.
“I’m over the moon. I believe I’m in all probability the happiest man on the planet proper now,” Ward-Prowse mentioned on the membership’s official web site.
“To return to this choice, I believe has been large and is an enormous step ahead.
“To commit my future once more to this soccer membership is one thing I’m extremely happy with and a brand new chapter begins now for me.
“It’s in all probability the primary time in my profession that I’ve had that hyperlink away and that speak, however I believe I used to be very eager to take a seat down and speak to the membership and it’s labored each methods.
“They’ve sat down and instructed me their admiration for me and the best way they need me to guide the workforce – and this membership has finished a lot for me, I can’t put into the phrases the alternatives and possibilities that they’ve given me and I’m extremely grateful for the membership for doing that.”
England worldwide Ward-Prowse has made 323 appearances for Southampton, scoring 33 objectives.
Ward-Prowse added: “I’m not completed but right here, I nonetheless have quite a bit left to present to this soccer membership.
“I need to be there main this workforce and guaranteeing I may give every thing again and repay that religion the membership have proven in me since I used to be eight years previous.”