Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Pochettino: Luke Shaw not for sale; Tello happy at Barca

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has insisted Luke Shaw is not for sale.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has insisted Luke Shaw is not for sale amid speculation suggesting Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are keen on the England youth international, Sky Sports understands.

According to recent reports, Chelsea are preparing a £20 million move for the highly-rated Saints left-back when the transfer window re-opens in January.

Meanwhile, once viewed as the long-term replacement for Ashley Cole, Ryan Bertrand — who could move to St Mary’s as part of a deal for Shaw — has been the subject of interest from Everton, Liverpool and Sunderland.

But Pochettino and Southampton executive chairman Nicola Cortese have both ruled out the sale of Shaw in the winter transfer window, which could prevent Leighton Baines and Bertrand from leaving their respective clubs.

“They can show their interest,” said Pochettino. “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, whose current contract at St Mary’s expires in the summer of 2018, has made 38 English Premier League appearances, including 35 starts, for Southampton over the past two seasons.

Honda to wear No. 10 for Milan

Japan international midfielder Keisuke Honda will wear the No. 10 shirt for AC Milan when he officially joins the club on a free transfer from CSKA Moscow in the New Year.

“He will wear jersey No. 10. He asked us for it and we’ve made him happy,” said Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani.

“We consider him a really big player.”

Over the years, a host of legends have worn the No. 10 shirt for the Rossoneri, including the likes of Ruud Gullit, Rui Costa and Clarence Seedorf.

Tello happy at Barca

FC Barcelona winger Cristian Tello has revealed he is happy at the Camp Nou despite reports linking him with a January move to Liverpool.

The Spain international, 22, is under contract in Catalunya until July 2018, having penned a new deal earlier this season.

Tello has started just two matches in all competitions for the Spanish champions in 2013/14 after featuring from the start on 16 occasions last term, fueling speculation suggesting he could leave the club in the next transfer window.

However, the 22-year-old ace has moved to play down the aforementioned speculation, insisting he is happy at the Camp Nou.

“I am content at Barcelona but we still have not advanced in the negotiation deal,” said Tello regarding a potential transfer.

“It is normal that I desire more minutes in the team. I want to profit on my opportunities this season.

“I do not need to demonstrate anything on the pitch because the coach knows how I am at this club.”


Shawn Etemadi



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