Adam Lallana insists he is happy at Southampton.

Although Theo Walcott and Gareth Bale, two of his friends as trainees, moved on to Arsenal and Tottenham ­respectively, Lallana is more than happy to stay at Saints, even though promotion to the Championship could be just beyond them this ­season.

He has been closely watched by Premier League scouts this season but told the Sunday Mirror: "I am under contract, so I will definitely be staying here.

"The club has shown its ambitions and which ­direction it wants to go, and I think it will steamroll ­forward.

"It has been a good season, but it could turn into an excellent one.

"Playing at Wembley will be a lovely bonus, but if we don't make the play-offs this year then I am sure it won't be too long before we do climb a league and look ­onwards and upwards."