Last season he signed a five-year contract that should see him playing at the Olympic Stadium and there is a sense that this academy graduate can become a one-club local hero in the mould of Paul Scholes or Steven Gerrard.
"I'm really happy where I am at the minute, playing good football and enjoying it," he told the Daily Mail. "Players such as Scholes and Gerrard, Ryan Giggs and Jamie Carragher have consistently performed at the top level and played hundreds of games. It's fantastic, I'd love that. But you never know what's round the corner."
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