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The defender has praised the manager's man-management skills, insisting he has improved as a player under him, with the Argentine expected to be appointed as the new Tottenham boss

Nathaniel Clyne said it would be "a real shame" is Southampton lose Mauricio Pochettino with the manager expected to be appointed at Tottenham.

As revealed by Goal, the Argentine is in advanced talks with the north London outfit, with announcement expected over the coming days.

But, the defender wants to continue his alliance with Pochettino, insisting he has hugely benefitted from the coach's guidance at St Mary's.

"He has been so different to any other manager," Clyne told reporters. "He planted it into our heads that even if we were up against bigger teams and bigger players, we could compete at the same level as them.

"He taught us never to fear them or be intimidated just because of their big names or their big reputations.

"He'd have us pressing high, keeping a high line, receiving the ball in difficult situations, keeping possession and basically having the confidence to play football rather than being afraid.

"The understanding in our defence was down to our training. We worked really hard on our fitness and our intensity and it showed in the games.

"For me personally it took my game to another level. It would be a real shame if we were to lose him."