Monday 15 October 2018

Luke Shaw's latest comments fuel rumours of a swap deal that will take Danny Rose to Manchester United

Manchester United's Luke Shaw
Manchester United's Luke Shaw
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Luke Shaw has revealed that he harbours an ambition to play for Mauricio Pochettino again, in comments that will fuel rumours he could be on his way to Tottenham as a part of a swap deal involving Danny Rose.

Independent.ie reported last summer that Spurs had expressed an interest in signing full-back Shaw, who continues to have a strong relationship with his former Southampton boss Pochettino.

It was the influence of the manager now in charge of Tottenham that was pivotal in Shaw’s rise when they worked together at Southampton, with their bond still in place despite the full-back making a £27m move to Old Trafford in the summer of 2014.

Despite his sale, the dup remain close and Pochettino was one of the first to call Shaw after he suffered a horrific double leg break playing for United in September 2015.

Shaw has struggled to force his way back into their first team in the two years since and after United boss Jose Mourinho cast doubts over the player’s mentality and fitness in a very public rebuke last season, there was an expectation that he may leave the club last summer.

Those rumours intensified when Spurs full-back Rose was the subject of transfer interest from United, before he then questioned Tottenham’s ambition in the transfer market in a newspaper interview that may ultimately be a prelude to a move to Old Trafford.

A swap deal involving Shaw and Rose always seems possible and now Shaw has told author Guilleme Ballague that he is keen to be reunited with Pochettino in comments that may not amuse United boss Mourinho.

“He used to call me his son,” writes Shaw in the book on Pochettino being serialised in the Daily Mail. “That’s how good our relationship was. I’ve had lots of ups and downs, but when I was with Pochettino it was only ever up, up, up.

“He made me feel that I was the best. He’d show me clips of my games and say, “You could do this better”. Not in a horrible way. Not I could have done better, but I should have done better, because he knows I can be better.

“I think with Southampton he achieved the impossible. We were one of the best footballing teams in the league… I do hope that I can play for him again one day. And I think he really wants me to play under him again.”

If the Shaw-Rose swap deal was not already on the agenda, these comments may well have ensured it will be as early as the January transfer window.

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