Jason McCarthy has suggested to the Express and Star that he could leave Southampton at the end of the season.
McCarthy has impressed on a loan spell with Walsall this term, with many supporters of the League One club hoping that the defender sticks around at the Bescot Stadium.
And McCarthy has admitted that leaving Southampton is a possibility for him this summer.
“Of course I could come back,” McCarthy said.
“At this point I don’t want to say I’m doing this or that because I honestly don’t know myself.
“They are a club that gives young players a chance but there is nothing there I am aware of at the moment.
“I am very ambitious. I do want to get to the top as quickly as possible – like any player would. I want to keep stepping up.
“I have to keep my options open but of course staying here is an option.”
McCarthy’s contract at Southampton is due to expire at the end of the season, and he has not been offered a new deal.
The young defender has made one appearance for Southampton’s first-team over his career to date.
McCarthy’s loan spell has been very productive, with the 21-year-old starting in every game since he joined.
McCarthy has helped Walsall climb into 14th place in the League One table.
McCarthy is expected to start for Walsall against Oxford United tomorrow.