Southampton midfielder and Liverpool target Adam Lallana says he is not concerned about whether his future is sorted before or after the World Cup

Adam Lallana

Adam Lallana

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Saints captain Adam Lallana says he is not concerned about whether his future is sorted out before or after the World Cup.

The 26-year-old is the subject of a £20m bid from Liverpool, and could depart St Mary’s this summer, but no agreement has been reached to sell him yet.

Lallana has previously stated he would like to end his career at Saints, but has adopted a more measured tone when discussing his future in recent weeks.

The expected departure of manager Mauricio Pochettino to Spurs this week will only heighten speculation that the midfielder has already played his last game for the club.

But the Saints academy graduate is currently away with England, as part of their squad for Brazil, and he says that is his only focus right now.

Speaking on behalf of Vauxhall, the England team sponsor, Lallana said: “Whether my future gets sorted before or after the World Cup makes no difference to me.

“I am just fully focused on doing well for England and performing as well as I can.”

Lallana, who was voted into the PFA Team of the Year this season, could have departed Saints when the club slipped into administration and were relegated to League One in 2009.

But he opted to remain and continue his development at St Mary’s – something he has no regrets over doing.

“I wouldn't change anything,” he said. “Part of my development was playing those (lower) league games.

“It has helped me physically, and with different aspects of my game.

“Four years ago I was playing in League One and I was watching the World Cup with my mates.

“If someone had said to me then I would be participating in the next one, obviously I would have not believed them one bit.

“That just proves what can happen when you work hard and get your head down.

“I’m delighted and I still can’t quite believe it.”

Lallana, who was handed his international debut earlier this season, is expected to play a key role for England in Brazil.

He and his Saints teammates Rickie Lambert and Luke Shaw are among 17 players in Hodgson’s party who have never been to a World Cup before.

Lallana thinks that raw inexperience will prove to be a help, rather than a hindrance.

“A lot of us haven’t been to a World Cup before. Hopefully that means we’ll go there with no fear,” he said.

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10:54am Tue 27 May 14

notaclue says...

So he is saying that his future is not sorted then?
Tell Poch to hold the door open on the way out.
So he is saying that his future is not sorted then? Tell Poch to hold the door open on the way out. notaclue
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11:03am Tue 27 May 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

A TOP Manager will keep Adam and Luke and add to the Squad.

Adam is Saints through and through.
A TOP Manager will keep Adam and Luke and add to the Squad. Adam is Saints through and through. The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
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11:12am Tue 27 May 14

notaclue says...

Why is he saying his future is not sorted when he is one year into a five year contract with a club that have stated they don't want to sell him?
Why is he saying his future is not sorted when he is one year into a five year contract with a club that have stated they don't want to sell him? notaclue
  • Score: 17

11:40am Tue 27 May 14

SouthamptonLegend says...

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. wrote:
A TOP Manager will keep Adam and Luke and add to the Squad.

Adam is Saints through and through.
Doesn't sound like it!!

And there was us thinking he'd be the modern day Le Tiss....
[quote][p][bold]The Rise of The Foot Soldier.[/bold] wrote: A TOP Manager will keep Adam and Luke and add to the Squad. Adam is Saints through and through.[/p][/quote]Doesn't sound like it!! And there was us thinking he'd be the modern day Le Tiss.... SouthamptonLegend
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12:10pm Tue 27 May 14

John Smith34 says...

notaclue wrote:
Why is he saying his future is not sorted when he is one year into a five year contract with a club that have stated they don't want to sell him?
Precisely. Can only indicate that he will be handing in a transfer request post World Cup. Would be interesting to see if the club took a Luis Suarez stance and said "you ain't going anywhere son, no matter the offers we receive".... That blatantly won't happen of course....
[quote][p][bold]notaclue[/bold] wrote: Why is he saying his future is not sorted when he is one year into a five year contract with a club that have stated they don't want to sell him?[/p][/quote]Precisely. Can only indicate that he will be handing in a transfer request post World Cup. Would be interesting to see if the club took a Luis Suarez stance and said "you ain't going anywhere son, no matter the offers we receive".... That blatantly won't happen of course.... John Smith34
  • Score: 7

12:26pm Tue 27 May 14

St. Case says...

John Smith34 wrote:
notaclue wrote:
Why is he saying his future is not sorted when he is one year into a five year contract with a club that have stated they don't want to sell him?
Precisely. Can only indicate that he will be handing in a transfer request post World Cup. Would be interesting to see if the club took a Luis Suarez stance and said "you ain't going anywhere son, no matter the offers we receive".... That blatantly won't happen of course....
Who's to say it's even his words. It could be a made up story from lazy journalists to sell more papers. But if he were to leave, no one can say he didn't give his best to The Saints, staying when we went down to League One, and being a major part in our rise all the way to 8th in the BPL. Lallana has certainly paid his dues.
[quote][p][bold]John Smith34[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notaclue[/bold] wrote: Why is he saying his future is not sorted when he is one year into a five year contract with a club that have stated they don't want to sell him?[/p][/quote]Precisely. Can only indicate that he will be handing in a transfer request post World Cup. Would be interesting to see if the club took a Luis Suarez stance and said "you ain't going anywhere son, no matter the offers we receive".... That blatantly won't happen of course....[/p][/quote]Who's to say it's even his words. It could be a made up story from lazy journalists to sell more papers. But if he were to leave, no one can say he didn't give his best to The Saints, staying when we went down to League One, and being a major part in our rise all the way to 8th in the BPL. Lallana has certainly paid his dues. St. Case
  • Score: 2

1:29pm Tue 27 May 14

rednwhite72 says...

"not worried about when his future will be sorted"?
You agreed and signed a long term contract sunshine, surely that was a decision about your future? How can you not be sure about your future?
"not worried about when his future will be sorted"? You agreed and signed a long term contract sunshine, surely that was a decision about your future? How can you not be sure about your future? rednwhite72
  • Score: 4

1:56pm Tue 27 May 14

smuggins says...

It is very revealing what Brenda said-Llalana would be a useful addition to the squad. To me that means he is not assured of a starting place every game.When you look at the midfield players they have got they would only need him as cover.If he is not playing every week his England place would be at risk.
It is very revealing what Brenda said-Llalana would be a useful addition to the squad. To me that means he is not assured of a starting place every game.When you look at the midfield players they have got they would only need him as cover.If he is not playing every week his England place would be at risk. smuggins
  • Score: 3

4:17pm Tue 27 May 14

jls217 says...

His future should be very sorted, that's the reason he signed a long contract.

Can't believe this statement has come from Adam (or maybe I should be saying I hope it didn't come from Adam)

He is a young man with integrity and a down to earth approach to the club and his game (not forgetting the fans of course).

Confused and angry.
His future should be very sorted, that's the reason he signed a long contract. Can't believe this statement has come from Adam (or maybe I should be saying I hope it didn't come from Adam) He is a young man with integrity and a down to earth approach to the club and his game (not forgetting the fans of course). Confused and angry. jls217
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8:05pm Tue 27 May 14

thesaint88 says...

He wasn't like this until he played for England !
He wasn't like this until he played for England ! thesaint88
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12:26am Wed 28 May 14

search for the truth says...

Liverpool are still interested in him I think !
Liverpool are still interested in him I think ! search for the truth
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