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Luke Shaw has many admirers. Before the young left-back had even made an appearance for the Southampton first team, he was being courted by Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City.
In January 2012, the Saints' then-manager Nigel Adkins warned clubs off the 17-year-old, telling BBC Radio Solent, "Luke Shaw is a big part of our future plans. We have got no intention believe you me of letting any of our young players move on."
After clocking up 60 appearances in the Premier League over the last two seasons and making his senior England debut earlier this month, Shaw's stock has continued to rise.
Now, Real Madrid's name can be added to his list of potential suitors, according to the Mirror's Darren Lewis, with Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur all said to be chasing his signature.
Current Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino claims that the youngster is one of the best in his position in the world, stating in a press conference this week, per Sky Sports:
He can play at Real Madrid or he can play in the world starting XI.
He really has the quality to do so. I am not sure if he is one (of the best left-backs in the world) already. I think so.
I am not sure if he is already the best one in the world.
The South Coast club, notable for selling on young players such as Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the past, face a battle to keep hold of Shaw this summer.