Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin maintains his best form is yet to come.
The 23-year-old Frenchman has impressed for the Saints as they battled to stay in the Barclays Premier League and has been linked with a big-money summer move to Arsenal.
Schneiderlin, who was signed from Strasbourg in the summer of 2008 and has helped the St Mary's club bounce back from relegation to npower League One with successive promotions, has his sights firmly set on another impressive campaign in the top flight.
"I am happy because I have improved in every way, but I know that I still have steps to progress," he said in an interview with the official Southampton matchday programme.
"This year I have had a good season, but next year I want to be even better. For me, next year is going to be the real thing.
"I want to prove myself to everyone again, and to get even better.
"In football, if you stop improving then you'll automatically go backwards."
Despite all the attention, the young Frenchman intends to keep grounded.
Schneiderlin added: "I am not going to lie and say that I am not happy that people are speaking about me and my games, but there is no point in me having a good season and then disappearing the year after.
"The main thing for me is to keep this going and to be able to be better in every game I play.
"I don't like to judge myself - that is down to other people - but I know that I have the capacity to play in the Premier League and I want to spend the rest of my life playing here."
Arsenal are said to be ready to make a £10million summer move for Schneiderlin, whom they would view as a replacement for injury-prone Abou Diaby.
However, Schneiderlin only recently signed a new contract extension in February, which ties him to the Saints until at least 2017.
The midfielder believes the south coast club can continue to progress under Mauricio Pochettino, whose side remain seven points clear of the relegation zone in 13th place following Saturday's disappointing 3-0 home defeat by West Brom.
He added: "I am sure that big things are going to happen to Southampton, and that next season is going to be a big step once again.
"Hopefully this season we can finish in the top 10 because that's our target, and next year we can take another step, maybe to reach the top six.
"Maybe people will say there is no chance of us doing that - I am sure they will think that. I say to them: keep laughing. We will see who laughs last."
Schneiderlin added: "Only the people who are around the squad and the city know what's going to happen to us.
"We have a training ground that is going to be unbelievable and we have players who are very good so it is a matter of time until Southampton reaches the top in England. The future is bright."Southampton, meanwhile, this afternoon paid tribute to former defender Kevin Moore, who died on Monday at the age of 55 following a long-term battle against Pick's disease, a form of dementia.Moore joined the Saints from home-town club Grimsby in 1987, scoring in the 1992 Zenit Data Systems final defeat against Nottingham Forest at Wembley.He made 185 appearances for Southampton, with 13 goals, before leaving to join Fulham in 1994.