Adam Lallana: I'm not saying this is the end for me at Saints

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Adam Lallana wants to be challenging for the title and playing Champions League football, but the England international insists that does not necessarily mean he will leave Saints this summer.

This has been a fine campaign for the 26-year-old, whose wonderful performances saw him nominated for the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award and named in the team of the season.

This week Lallana cleaned up at Southampton's annual awards, and followed that up by taking the Daily Echo's Saints player of the season award too.

The attacking midfielder is set to be named in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad tomorrow - less than 24 hours after what is being billed in some quarters as his last match for Southampton.

The academy graduate has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool and some interpreted the emotional nature of his awards night speech on Tuesday as a hint that his future lies away from St Mary's.

"I got emotional because it's been a journey that I couldn't have dreamed of - but I'm not saying that this is the end by any means," Lallana told the Saints matchday magazine ahead of the match with Manchester United.

"Obviously, with how well the club and its players have done, there are going to be some decisions to make in the summer, and maybe it all hit home a little bit when I was speaking.

"How far we've come in a short space of time is beyond anyone's belief. We've won our league, in our eyes, with where we've finished.

"We're now in a position where we have to sit down as a club and decide what is best and what's the right route to take, because we want to be a stable club - that's the main thing.

"We want to be competing in the Premier League for the next four or five years and forever longer."

Lallana is not the only big name to have been linked with a move away from Saints, with teenager Luke Shaw and manager Mauricio Pochettino also attracting admiring glances.

"I just want to be honest," Lallana added.

"I feel I've been honest throughout my whole career and I want to be honest now to whoever I'm speaking to, whether it's the fans, the manager or anyone.

"Every fan would realise that there's big potential in our team and we have players who can go and play at a higher level - we proved that when there were 16 of our lads away on international duty.

"I'm certainly ambitious. I want to one day play in the Champions League and compete for the Premier League title, but I still feel like I'm the same guy I was when we were playing in League One and the Championship.

"I haven't changed my personality or changed as a person. It's a privilege to be in this position and I wouldn't change it for the world."

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2:08pm Sun 11 May 14

Saintsteve7 says...

Over to you Saints!!
Over to you Saints!! Saintsteve7
  • Score: 4

2:10pm Sun 11 May 14

Costa Baz says...

Nice. Keep on with the "we" comments.
Nice. Keep on with the "we" comments. Costa Baz
  • Score: 5

2:32pm Sun 11 May 14

smuggins says...

Never doubted him for a moment.Can the gutter press please issue an apology for all their lies.
Never doubted him for a moment.Can the gutter press please issue an apology for all their lies. smuggins
  • Score: 4

2:33pm Sun 11 May 14

St.Winch70 says...

Will be highly surprised to see him and Shaw in Saints kits next season :-(
Just hope Poch is still here and uses the money made available wisely....
Will be highly surprised to see him and Shaw in Saints kits next season :-( Just hope Poch is still here and uses the money made available wisely.... St.Winch70
  • Score: -14

2:56pm Sun 11 May 14

andoru says...

So it's as we've said all along: If the board wants the club to improve, Lallana will be happy to stay and be a part of that. If not, he'll seek new challenges elsewhere. It's down to the people with the money then. Come on Kat. Carry on your family's good work. You know you've fallen in love with us. Just as the club is poised for great things, you are in position to become a legend in Southampton. :)
So it's as we've said all along: If the board wants the club to improve, Lallana will be happy to stay and be a part of that. If not, he'll seek new challenges elsewhere. It's down to the people with the money then. Come on Kat. Carry on your family's good work. You know you've fallen in love with us. Just as the club is poised for great things, you are in position to become a legend in Southampton. :) andoru
  • Score: 13

3:27pm Sun 11 May 14

zurichboy says...

I have it on good authority that Adam and Luke WILL be wearing "red" shirts next season....:)
I have it on good authority that Adam and Luke WILL be wearing "red" shirts next season....:) zurichboy
  • Score: -3

7:08pm Sun 11 May 14

Saintly Sam says...

St.Winch70 wrote:
Will be highly surprised to see him and Shaw in Saints kits next season :-(
Just hope Poch is still here and uses the money made available wisely....
I just love the way people vote down posts like this, wake up, folks, he wants to play champions league football, he wants to challenge for the title, he won't do that with the Saints and he (and Shaw) will not be playing for us next season.....you may now vote this post down.
The sooner they are sold the sooner the manager (I think he'll stay) will be able to spend the cash on some replacements.
Here endeth the lesson.
[quote][p][bold]St.Winch70[/bold] wrote: Will be highly surprised to see him and Shaw in Saints kits next season :-( Just hope Poch is still here and uses the money made available wisely....[/p][/quote]I just love the way people vote down posts like this, wake up, folks, he wants to play champions league football, he wants to challenge for the title, he won't do that with the Saints and he (and Shaw) will not be playing for us next season.....you may now vote this post down. The sooner they are sold the sooner the manager (I think he'll stay) will be able to spend the cash on some replacements. Here endeth the lesson. Saintly Sam
  • Score: -5

7:18pm Sun 11 May 14

jls217 says...

Add this to what little Poch has just said on Sky and I reckon it's better that 50/50 Adam will be here next season and it is 100% a certainty that Poochy will see the end of his contract unless Saints decide otherwise. 6TH place or higher next season fellas.
Add this to what little Poch has just said on Sky and I reckon it's better that 50/50 Adam will be here next season and it is 100% a certainty that Poochy will see the end of his contract unless Saints decide otherwise. 6TH place or higher next season fellas. jls217
  • Score: 8

7:48pm Sun 11 May 14

Saints Need Physical and Mental Toughness says...

off to diverpool then. take the money and run, Saints! spend it on a man who can play football, and for 90 minutes!
off to diverpool then. take the money and run, Saints! spend it on a man who can play football, and for 90 minutes! Saints Need Physical and Mental Toughness
  • Score: -15

8:44pm Sun 11 May 14

SaintChristopher says...

Saints need their top guns to lead by example by signing new contracts to end the incessant speculation and commit to the next phase of the master plan. Sign up Adam and Poch - the leaders on and off the pitch - and I'm convinced the rest will follow suit. If we could pay troublemaker Osvaldo £60k per week surely Adam is worth every penny of the £70k per week quoted in the national press as being on offer from Liverpool. I'm not saying he's angling for more money, but now is the time to show our ambition as we could be on the verge of greatness with this group of players led by Lallana as our talisman and captain. Losing Shaw would be a shame but worthwhile collateral damage if we keep Poch and Adam and get to reinvest £30m to improve the overall squad. COYR and come on the board, time to lay down a marker that SFC have still not reached the peak of our powers...
Saints need their top guns to lead by example by signing new contracts to end the incessant speculation and commit to the next phase of the master plan. Sign up Adam and Poch - the leaders on and off the pitch - and I'm convinced the rest will follow suit. If we could pay troublemaker Osvaldo £60k per week surely Adam is worth every penny of the £70k per week quoted in the national press as being on offer from Liverpool. I'm not saying he's angling for more money, but now is the time to show our ambition as we could be on the verge of greatness with this group of players led by Lallana as our talisman and captain. Losing Shaw would be a shame but worthwhile collateral damage if we keep Poch and Adam and get to reinvest £30m to improve the overall squad. COYR and come on the board, time to lay down a marker that SFC have still not reached the peak of our powers... SaintChristopher
  • Score: 3

9:20pm Sun 11 May 14

batesieboy says...

So you are the same guy, Adam, and Clattenburger was wrong. Thought so.
So you are the same guy, Adam, and Clattenburger was wrong. Thought so. batesieboy
  • Score: -1

9:49pm Sun 11 May 14

East stand benches says...

Lallana is not the first player to try and give the board a nudge, lovren has said as much, poch is also keeping his option open, who can blame them? Time to play your cards saints. Biggest summer ever. Which way are we gonna go?
Lallana is not the first player to try and give the board a nudge, lovren has said as much, poch is also keeping his option open, who can blame them? Time to play your cards saints. Biggest summer ever. Which way are we gonna go? East stand benches
  • Score: 1

11:31pm Sun 11 May 14

Georgethepie says...

Saintly Sam wrote:
St.Winch70 wrote:
Will be highly surprised to see him and Shaw in Saints kits next season :-(
Just hope Poch is still here and uses the money made available wisely....
I just love the way people vote down posts like this, wake up, folks, he wants to play champions league football, he wants to challenge for the title, he won't do that with the Saints and he (and Shaw) will not be playing for us next season.....you may now vote this post down.
The sooner they are sold the sooner the manager (I think he'll stay) will be able to spend the cash on some replacements.
Here endeth the lesson.
Simple, if the board turn and say to Poch and the players well lads we have looked at the situation and feel it's time to consolidate our position.
I feel we will see many players move in a search of honours.
However if the board come out and say we intend to push on within the bounds of financial fair play you will probably see Southampton football club hold onto many of the players they currently have for at least another season.
Obviously finances will play the biggest part in the above due to size of our ground and the fact we don't have an oil rich billionaire who can cook the books with dodgy sponsorships.
So all we can hope is we can off load expensive under performers and try again next season
[quote][p][bold]Saintly Sam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St.Winch70[/bold] wrote: Will be highly surprised to see him and Shaw in Saints kits next season :-( Just hope Poch is still here and uses the money made available wisely....[/p][/quote]I just love the way people vote down posts like this, wake up, folks, he wants to play champions league football, he wants to challenge for the title, he won't do that with the Saints and he (and Shaw) will not be playing for us next season.....you may now vote this post down. The sooner they are sold the sooner the manager (I think he'll stay) will be able to spend the cash on some replacements. Here endeth the lesson.[/p][/quote]Simple, if the board turn and say to Poch and the players well lads we have looked at the situation and feel it's time to consolidate our position. I feel we will see many players move in a search of honours. However if the board come out and say we intend to push on within the bounds of financial fair play you will probably see Southampton football club hold onto many of the players they currently have for at least another season. Obviously finances will play the biggest part in the above due to size of our ground and the fact we don't have an oil rich billionaire who can cook the books with dodgy sponsorships. So all we can hope is we can off load expensive under performers and try again next season Georgethepie
  • Score: 1

9:44am Mon 12 May 14

hugh123 says...

I think it's great that Saints have produced such a long line of international stars - but I suppose you cant really blame them for wanting to move on. I certainly wouldn't turn down the eye-watering salaries that Manure etc. can offer.
I think it's great that Saints have produced such a long line of international stars - but I suppose you cant really blame them for wanting to move on. I certainly wouldn't turn down the eye-watering salaries that Manure etc. can offer. hugh123
  • Score: 0

5:09pm Mon 12 May 14

hugh123 says...

........But hen Matt le Tissier stayed(!)
........But hen Matt le Tissier stayed(!) hugh123
  • Score: 0

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