Adkins: Star duo are not for sale

Rickie Lambert

Rickie Lambert

First published in Saints News

Nigel Adkins has reiterated that Saints will not sell Rickie Lambert or Luke Shaw during the January transfer window.

Both players are reported to have been attracting interest from other clubs, but the Saints manager has indicated they will not be leaving.

Adkins does expect a number of squad players to depart this month, but he says the team’s key components will be staying.

“If anyone wants to try and do business, all the best dealing with the chairman,” said Adkins, referring to Nicola Cortese’s reputation as a tough negotiator.

Highly-rated teenage left-back Shaw has been the subject of the most speculation in recent weeks, with Arsenal and tomorrow’s opponents Chelsea just two of the Premier League’s top clubs who are keen on signing him.

Reports had suggested that Arsenal officials had planned to use Tuesday’s trip to St Mary’s to open negotiations over the 17-year-old, but Adkins denied this had happened.

When asked if Gunners counterpart Arsene Wenger had mentioned anything about Shaw after the game, the Saints boss said: “No, he didn’t say anything.

“As I have said before, Luke is better playing for Southampton Football Club, where he is being nurtured and looked after.

“He is still only 17 and playing in the Premier League, where he is getting an opportunity to flourish, to make some mistakes and to keep kicking on.

“We have a good culture here. He is under contract, we are not looking to let him go.

“This is best place for him at this point in his career. He has a big, big future in the game, which he demonstrated with his performance against Arsenal the other night.”

Shaw will likely have a further test of his credentials tomorrow when FA Cup holders Chelsea visit St Mary’s for a third round tie.

Adam Lallana continues to be absent with a knee injury, which should sideline him for a few weeks yet, but Nathaniel Clyne (knee) could return.

Gaston Ramirez is available despite suffering a dead leg against Arsenal, while Zambian forward Emmanuel Mayuka will depart after the match for the African Cup of Nations.

“I want to go and win the game against Chelsea, but I also have to be mindful that we have had a run of fixtures that are very close together,” said Adkins.

“I have to make sure we arrive on the pitch on Saturday full of energy and not risking anyone picking up a serious injury.”

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9:27am Fri 4 Jan 13

Alicesdad says...

Of course we won't sell them willingly !! They are key to our premiership squad.

In the back ground there will be agents worming their way around in the media trying to talk up prices and player expectations. This is the kind of thing that can disrupt team spirit so Im sure that Nigel will hang on to them as long as he is able. I doubt that Rickie will ever leave but Shaw could be more difficult as he is so young. If one of the big four came in with a silly money offer I expect we would take it. I doubt that will happen before next season though.
Of course we won't sell them willingly !! They are key to our premiership squad. In the back ground there will be agents worming their way around in the media trying to talk up prices and player expectations. This is the kind of thing that can disrupt team spirit so Im sure that Nigel will hang on to them as long as he is able. I doubt that Rickie will ever leave but Shaw could be more difficult as he is so young. If one of the big four came in with a silly money offer I expect we would take it. I doubt that will happen before next season though. Alicesdad
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9:29am Fri 4 Jan 13

Alicesdad says...

What is it with Gaston and dead legs?
What is it with Gaston and dead legs? Alicesdad
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9:32am Fri 4 Jan 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

If we get knocked out and have another week without a game, I suggest they arrange a hi-tempo first team squad friendly, it was obvious that we lost the Sunderland game because so many players had lost their edge through not playing competitively for too long.
If we get knocked out and have another week without a game, I suggest they arrange a hi-tempo first team squad friendly, it was obvious that we lost the Sunderland game because so many players had lost their edge through not playing competitively for too long. OSPREYSAINT
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9:36am Fri 4 Jan 13

mbetts says...

Every January we have stories linking our best players with moves away, but i'm more confident than ever that this season the financial rewards for survival will out weigh any short term profit we may get from selling Shaw, as for Lambert, apart from a last pay day why would he want to go to West Ham? He's got 2 seasons left at the top and we should do whatever we can to keep him so he can mentor his eventual replacement Rodriguez.
Every January we have stories linking our best players with moves away, but i'm more confident than ever that this season the financial rewards for survival will out weigh any short term profit we may get from selling Shaw, as for Lambert, apart from a last pay day why would he want to go to West Ham? He's got 2 seasons left at the top and we should do whatever we can to keep him so he can mentor his eventual replacement Rodriguez. mbetts
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10:04am Fri 4 Jan 13

City Saint says...

Re-sign the Shaman to a new contract when he turns 18; makre sure clyne is looked after; keep JWP locked up; look out for gazzaniga after another half a season. These are the stars of the future, and I would rather not have to wait for arsenal to visit to see them applaud the saints faithful once a year.
Re-sign the Shaman to a new contract when he turns 18; makre sure clyne is looked after; keep JWP locked up; look out for gazzaniga after another half a season. These are the stars of the future, and I would rather not have to wait for arsenal to visit to see them applaud the saints faithful once a year. City Saint
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11:58am Fri 4 Jan 13

toutlaw says...

I love that we have Cortese at the top, he seems to be a complete **** that doesn't suffer fools lightly.
i trust him that he won't sell anyone for under their true value + probably won't sell anyone we need, its good that we have that at saints
I love that we have Cortese at the top, he seems to be a complete **** that doesn't suffer fools lightly. i trust him that he won't sell anyone for under their true value + probably won't sell anyone we need, its good that we have that at saints toutlaw
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4:42pm Fri 4 Jan 13

SaintJD says...

Slightly concerned they aren't mentioning Adam in the 'not for sale' announcements as he has been subject to speculation as well. Hopefully his injury turns out to be a blessing in disguise.
Slightly concerned they aren't mentioning Adam in the 'not for sale' announcements as he has been subject to speculation as well. Hopefully his injury turns out to be a blessing in disguise. SaintJD
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5:29pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Clever Dick says...

Like Nigel said. "anyone wanting to do business will have to speak with NC. And good luck with that". In other words none of our best players are going anywhere unless it's ok with him. Gone are the days when any big clubs are going to be able to bully us. I don't think any of our players want to mess him about either or they will find themselves training with the Academy.
Like Nigel said. "anyone wanting to do business will have to speak with NC. And good luck with that". In other words none of our best players are going anywhere unless it's ok with him. Gone are the days when any big clubs are going to be able to bully us. I don't think any of our players want to mess him about either or they will find themselves training with the Academy. Clever Dick
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5:59pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Saintsteve7 says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
If we get knocked out and have another week without a game, I suggest they arrange a hi-tempo first team squad friendly, it was obvious that we lost the Sunderland game because so many players had lost their edge through not playing competitively for too long.
Kind of blows the 'winter break' thing out of the water doesn't it?
Players have 3 weeks off in the middle of the winter, come back and then need a mini pre-season and 2/3 games to get back up to speed again. No wonder the players themselves aren't up for it. Pointless IMO.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: If we get knocked out and have another week without a game, I suggest they arrange a hi-tempo first team squad friendly, it was obvious that we lost the Sunderland game because so many players had lost their edge through not playing competitively for too long.[/p][/quote]Kind of blows the 'winter break' thing out of the water doesn't it? Players have 3 weeks off in the middle of the winter, come back and then need a mini pre-season and 2/3 games to get back up to speed again. No wonder the players themselves aren't up for it. Pointless IMO. Saintsteve7
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