Forster: Chelsea rumours a compliment


Southampton and England goalkeeper Fraser Forster says he is flattered to be linked with Chelsea, after a fine season at St Mary's Stadium. 

After suffering a serious knee injury against Burnley in March 2015, the ex-Celtic and Norwich keeper spent over nine months on the sidelines.

On his return to the Southampton first-team Forster has kept six clean sheets in the Premier League, earning him an international recall and seeing him linked with a potential move to Stamford Bridge.

"I think it is a compliment in many ways because if you are being linked with teams then you are obviously doing the right things," he said when asked about the Chelsea link.

"[But] I have two years left on my contract at Southampton and I have loved my time here. I can't thank the club enough for the way they have stood by me when I was injured."

Forster remains second choice with England, though, with Joe Hart established as number one, but the Saints keeper intends to push his team-mate and rival for a starting spot at Euro 2016.

He added: "I'm just concentrating on my day to day business here at the club and then hopefully I can have a good summer with England. 

"Everybody knows that Joe is the number one and he deserves that. He is a top keeper but that's the challenge for the rest of us, to push him as hard as we can and try and put pressure on him."