Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino has told Manchester United and Chelsea that they will not be able to force his club into selling Luke Shaw in the summer.

The 18-year-old left-back has emerged as one of the Premier League’s top young players this season, establishing himself as a first-team regular with the Saints, earning his senior international debut and playing his way into contention for a World Cup call-up.

With his form having been so impressive, a number of big clubs have been linked with moves for his signature, with United and Chelsea both said to be willing to pay upwards of £20m for the teenager.

Both Southampton and the player have made no indication that they are willing to part company, but that has not quelled talk that a switch will happen once the season ends.

Now Pochettino has revealed that he believes Shaw will be staying and that the Hampshire side will make any decisions about his future:

“At the end of the day Luke Shaw is a player that belongs to Southampton, and it will be the club, Southampton, that makes the decision as to what happens with his future.” He is quoted by the Daily Star.

“Of course there will be interest for him, but so far right now he’s a player at Southampton and it looks as though it will continue that way.

“There are a lot of players who are under interest at Southampton, but they are all very happy at the football club, and most of them are under long-term contracts.

“They understand the situation of what it means to be a professional player in the Premier League.

“There’s nothing really we have to speak about on that front.

“If there is any decision to be made, it is for the owners, not for me.”

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