Shaw is not for sale, insists Southampton boss Pochettino

The Saints boss will not entertain the idea of losing the left-back, despite interest from Chelsea and Tottenham, while Jay Rodriguez is targeting a spot at the World Cup
Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino insists the club have no intention of selling full-back Luke Shaw.

The 18-year-old has risen to prominence with a series of superb displays for the St Mary's Stadium outfit and is being touted as a future England regular.

As exclusively revealed by Goal, Shaw's performances have attracted interest from some of the Premier League's top clubs, with Tottenham jumping ahead of Chelsea in the race to sign the teenager.

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But while Pochettino admits he cannot stop other clubs from courting his star players, he remains adamant the youngster will not leave Southampton, who currently occupy eighth spot in the Premier League.

"They can show their interest," he said. "That's not something we control. But in this individual case he is not a player we are willing to sell. In a sporting manner, he is not for sale."

Shaw's team-mate Jay Rodriguez is another Southampton player in top form this term who also harbours long-term England ambitions.

And the forward - who earned his maiden international cap in a 2-0 friendly defeat to Chile in November - has set his sights on a spot at the World Cup in Brazil next year.

"Obviously I wasn't happy with my performance in the [Chile] game," he commented. "But the experience was unbelievable for me.

"I took a lot of positives from that, but I would have obviously liked it to have gone better and to get the win. It would be a great feeling to go to a World Cup, but I have a lot of hard work to do.

"I need to keep trying to improve as a player for Southampton."