Jose Fonte says Luke Shaw was like a son to Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur shakes hands with Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur after the UEFA Champions League group H match between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur...

West Ham United’s Jose Fonte and Luke Shaw of Manchester United worked with Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino at Southampton.

Jose Fonte of West Ham United in action during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United at The Hawthorns on September 16, 2017 in West Bromwich, England.

West Ham United defender Jose Fonte has told BBC Sport that Luke Shaw was like a son to Mauricio Pochettino at Southampton.

Fonte and Shaw worked with Pochettino at Southampton, and interestingly none of them is at the club.

While 33-year-old central defender Fonte joined West Ham from the Saints in January 2017 for a transfer fee reported by The Guardian to be worth £8 million, manager Pochettino left Southampton for Premier League rivals Tottenham in the summer of 2014 and has been hugely successful at the North London outfit.

As for Shaw, the 22-year-old left-back moved to Manchester United from the Saints in the summer of 2014 for a transfer fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £27m.

Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Spurs reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth at Wembley Stadium on October 14, 2017 in London, England.

West Ham defender Fonte has revealed that Shaw was like a son to Pochettino when the Spurs boss was at Southampton.

"He would put an arm around you and make you feel special,” Fonte told BBC Sport about Pochettino. “It’s good.

“I remember Luke Shaw was like a son to him. Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and myself all had a great relationship with him. He was tough as well when he had to be."

United player Luke Shaw in action during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester United at Stadium of Light on April 9, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

Shaw has struggled to make an impact at United so far, mainly due to injuries he has had.

Back in April 2017, The Sun reported that Shaw wanted to leave the Red Devils in the summer of 2017 and join Pochettino at Tottenham.

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