Luke Shaw could already be the best left back in the world, according to Mauricio Pochettino.

Shaw has been linked with most of the top clubs over the last few months.

Pochettino said he liked the speculation over his teenage star and praised his ability and his potential.

“He can play at Real Madrid or the World starting XI. He really has the quality to do so,” said Pochettino.

When asked if he was already one of the best left backs in the world, he added: “I am not sure if he is one already. I think so.

“I am not sure if he is already the best one in the world.”

He continued: “I didn't actually say that he is the best already, I actually said he has the potential to be the best already.

“The fact he was called up by the England national side, to be among the senior team, is already quite an amazing achievement.

“He has amazing potential and we look at him with kindness because he is part of this football club.

“The question to you would be who is better equipped to be the best left-back in the world if not him?”