Lallana Right to Stay at Saints

  • Last Updated: December 30 2011, 9:48 GMT

Adam Lallana feels his decision to stick with Southampton has been justified by the club's surge to the top of the Championship this season.

Adam Lallana: Happy at Southampton

The midfielder reportedly snubbed offers from the Premier League in favour of penning a new five-year deal at St Mary's last January, with Fulham and Wolves thought to have been chasing him.

The Saints' push for back-to-back promotions is firmly on course this season after climbing out of League One last term, and 23-year-old Lallana believes his decision to stay has been proved the right one.

He told the Daily Mirror: "When I signed the contract I did not see it as a gamble even though we were in League One at the time.

"It was justified because we were promoted last season and a year later here we are sat top of the Championship with a great chance of going into the Premier League.

"I have been here for a long time and I could always see the potential. I knew this was a club that was going places.

"We have a top class manager and a squad brimming with talent.

"It is every young player's dream to play in the Premier League - but I always believed I could get there with Southampton and hopefully that dream will come to fruition."