Reported Interest In Southampton Midfielder Oxlade Chamberlain From Chelsea, Arsenal And Liverpool Brushed Off By Boss Nigel Adkins

Manager confident 17-year-old genius is part of Saints future
Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool all reportedly have Southampton midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on their radar, but manager Nigel Adkins insists that the player is going nowhere.

The 17-year-old has scored four goals in 16 matches in League One so far this season and his performances have seem him compared to one of the Saints' recent academy products, Arsenal’s Theo Walcott.

Oxlade-Chamberlain made his debut at Southampton earlier this year and was called for first-team appearance in March. He is the Saint’s second youngest ever player, after Walcott, a fact that Goal.com  exclusively revealed had brought him to the attention of Arsenal and Liverpool.

Boss Adkins admits it was always obvious top teams would scout him, but is confident that he will not say goodbye to St Mary’s.

“There have not been any bids and nor would they be welcome," Adkins said, according to The People.

"He's part of the club's future. We have a lot of talented players and I can see why Premier League clubs might come knocking.

"But we are in a sound financial position and do not need to sell anyone."

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