Beattie happy with Blades

Striker rules out summer switch

Beattie: Going nowhere

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James Beattie has dismissed speculation linking him with a move away from Bramall Lane this summer.

Despite Sheffield United enduring a difficult 2007/08 campaign, Beattie has provided welcome relief in front of goal.

The former England international has found the target on 21 occasions this season, 17 times more than the club's second leading scorer Billy Sharp.

His fine form has unsurprisingly alerted the attention of a host of top flight clubs, but Beattie, signed for £4 million by former boss Bryan Robson, insists that he is happy with the Blades.

Respect

"I am happy here and have been since signing in the summer," he told the club's official website.

"I have played under two managers and both have shown me the utmost respect.

"I know there will be plenty of rumours in the summer, but there has been for most of my career. Until Mr McCabe (club chairman), or the gaffer tell me otherwise I am contracted here for another three years, so it really is just paper talk."

Improving

It is very unlikely that the Blades will make the play-offs this term and Beattie is disappointed at not being able to help the club achieve promotion.

"When I came here last summer the aim was to get this club straight back into the Premiership," he said.

"This 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."