Defender Liam Moore targets long-term future at Leicester City – nowhere else
Teenager Liam Moore has just one target during the next three years – to earn another contract so he can continue to play for his beloved Leicester City.
The 19-year-old defender has emerged into Nigel Pearson's first team this season with some impressive performances.
That has led to speculation that Premier League giants Manchester United and Arsenal were among a host of clubs who were watching Moore's progress with interest. However, Moore recently signed a new three-year contract and said he wants his long-term future to be at the King Power Stadium.
"I wanted to commit to the club and, luckily, they wanted to commit to me as well," he said.
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"I have got three more years here and, in that time, all I want to do is earn another three years so I have six years here, and so on.
"I heard the rumours but I don't take any notice of any of that.
"All I wanted to do was play for Leicester City and get out there every week.
"I didn't need the rumours flying around. I was concentrating on my game and it made no difference.
"There are 30,000 people watching me play every week so it doesn't matter who they (the rumoured clubs) are. I need to perform regardless.
"I live only 15 minutes from the training ground and 10 minutes from the stadium.
"I am happy where I am and with what is going on at the moment."
Moore has graduated from the City academy and said he now feels a part of the first-team squad.
However, he accepts he is unlikely to play every game for City this season.
"I do feel a big part of the first-team squad now," he said.
"I was in and out a couple of times last season, training with them. But if you are not playing you don't really feel a part.
"If we achieve good things this season, I am definitely going to feel a part of it.
"I started a number of games at the start of the season but then I was out of the team and had to work hard to get back into it.
"The chance has come around quickly and, hopefully, I can keep my place now.
"I understood why the manager left me out. He spoke to me and he said it was his job to look after young players.
"I honestly thought the time was right as well because my form had dropped a little bit. It was a good test for myself. I had week to think about it and sort my game again. It was good for me."
City striker Tom Hopper has extended his loan spell with Bury until January 3, while Paul Gallagher has returned to the King Power Stadium following his one-month loan at Sheffield United.