Manchester United and Liverpool's hope of signing Adam Lallana has suffered a blow after the midfielder admitted that he has no intention to leave Southampton in January.
The 25-year-old has been in brilliant run for the Saints this season, scoring four goals and managing four assists. His form has seen him receive a call from Roy Hodgson for the national side as he made his international debut during England's 2-0 friendly defeat against Chile in November.
The Metro reported both the Premier League champions and the Merseyside club are believed to be interested in signing Lallana in January. However, the England international has revealed that he is happy at St Mary's Stadium, putting to bed the recent rumours linking him with a move away from Southampton.
"I have got four years or so left on my contract. I can't express how happy I am at the club. I am so settled. Settled at home with a young child and my family live down here," the Mirror quoted Lallana as saying.
"I don't think I am too comfortable either, I get challenged week in week out playing in the Premier League. It is where you want to be as a player. I learnt my trade in League One and the Championship and feel I have grown with the club."
"I am delighted and as happy as I have ever been here playing for Southampton with one of the best managers in the league. I have been here nearly 13 and-a-half years," the England international added.
Lallana came up through the ranks of the club's youth system and has played a key role in helping Southampton progress from the Championship to the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino has issued a warning to both United and Liverpool. The Saints manager insisted that the club is keen on retaining their star players and is in no mood to allow Lallana to leave St Mary's Stadium in the January transfer window.
"I think Adam and other players are going to stay with us, there is no intention to sell them. In the case of Adam, he is happy with us, he has shown he is happy at Southampton and the club has no intention of selling this player," Pochettino explained.