Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has ruled out a move away from the club this summer.
The star has spent most of his time on the benchover the past couple of seasons, and speculation has been rife about his future in the lead up to the current transfer window.
Competition for places in midfield is fierce and fans widely expected him to be moving on.
But the former Southampton man has categorically denied he will be departing.
He said, as quoted by The Liverpool Echo: “It’s pinch yourself stuff – and more to come. A lot more to come.
“I’ve got a year left on my contract. I’ll be back, I’ll be training through the summer.
“I am as eager as ever to get fit because I know when I’m fit I’ve got a lot to give and I can get in this team.
“I know my ability and I know what I can give. And the gaffer and his staff and the recruitment guys have all made it clear they know I have a big part to play with what’s to come next, so I’m buzzing with that.
“No question my future is here and I can’t wait for what’s next.”
Lallana’s comments are pretty emphatic, and come just days after The Mirror reported Liverpool would listen to offers for him.
One has to wonder if he is right to want to stay.
It is undoubtedly an exciting time for players to be at Liverpool, but Lallana – who earns £110,000-a-week (Spotrac) – is way down the pecking order at Anfield.
With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back in the picture now and Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri having settled, his opportunities will surely remain limited.