Beattie plans Blades stay
James Beattie insists he wants to be playing back in the Premier League ¿ but with Sheffield United.
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 29/04/08 5:41pm
James Beattie insists he wants to be playing back in the Premier League - but with Sheffield United.
The England international moved to Bramall Lane from Everton last summer and he has performed well with over 20 goals.
He was linked with a move away from the club in January and speculation is again intense about his future - with The Blades not in promotion contention.
However, Beattie insists that he is more than happy with life in South Yorkshire.
"I am happy here and have been since signing in the summer. I have played under two managers and both of them have showed me the utmost respect," Beattie told the club's website.
"I want to play in the Premiership, but I feel I can do that with Sheffield United and the main aim for me at the moment is to be enjoying my football, which I am after what happened last season at Everton.
"I know there will be plenty of rumours in the summer, but there has been for most of my career. Until Mr McCabe or the Gaffer tells me otherwise I am contracted here for another three years, so it really is just paper talk.
"I have learnt to deal with it and not get too excited about any possible interest. It is my job to score goals here and I have done that this season.
"When I came here last summer under Bryan Robson the aim was to get this club straight back to the Premiership. That hasn't worked out for whatever reason, but our improvements over the last few months show we have the ability to do that next season."