Southampton’s Pochettino doesn’t want to sell Shaw.
Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has put a dent in Chelsea and Manchester United’s hopes of signing Luke Shaw, by insisting the club don’t want to sell the left-back.
Both Premier League giants have been tracking the 18-year-old for some time as they look for long-term replacements for their aging full-backs.
Blues veteran Ashley Cole has struggled for both form and fitness this season and Jose Mourinho has deployed Cesar Azpilcueta on the left side of defence as a result – despite the Spaniard naturally being a right-back.
At Old Trafford, 32-year-old Patrice Evra is expected to leave the Red Devils this summer when the Frenchman’s contract expires.
Initially David Moyes wanted to sign former player Leighton Baines from Everton, but had two bids for the England international rejected in the summer and now the 29-year-old has signed a new four-and-a-half year deal at Goodison Park.
With Shaw still being so young and impressing so much in the English top flight, it’s understandable both Mourinho and Moyes have shown interest in the starlet, but the Saints do not want to sell.
“At this moment we have no interest in selling Luke Shaw – and not in the summer, either,” Pochettino was quoted by the Sun.
“Southampton has many great players for the future. It is clear we believe in our players and want them – we have no intention of selling them.
“Luke is dealing with the attention very well. When he got here he was a kid, now he is a man.”
Shaw broke into the first team at St Mary’s in 2012 and has since made 50 appearances for the Hampshire club in all competitions.
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