Rickie Lambert hopes to see out his career with Southampton

The Saints star says he is happy at St Mary’s and would love to finish his playing days with the Premier League club, expressing that ambitions on the south coast are "very high"
Southampton striker Rickie Lambert is keen to finish his playing days with the Premier League club, citing his family's happiness and the club's ambitions as key factors.

Currently the joint-highest English scorer in the league with 11 goals, the 30-year-old joined Saints in 2009 from Bristol Rovers and has been a key part of their consecutive promotions from League One to the English top flight, scoring 99 goals in 182 games for the club.

There has been reported interest in his services from other clubs, as well as talk of a potential England call-up, but the Liverpool-born striker has said that he wants to spend the rest of his career at St Mary’s Stadium.

Speaking to reporters, Lambert said: “It has been a special three and a half years and I would love to finish my career at Southampton.

“My family are happy here and I am very happy.

“The club’s ambitions are very high. Southampton is going to be an exciting place over the next few years.”