Jose Mourinho has revealed that he chose not to attempt to sign Luke Shaw this summer as the arrival of the youngster could have ‘killed’ Chelsea.
Shaw, who became Manchester United’s second signing of the summer when he made the switch to Old Trafford from Southampton for £27million, is now the highest earning teenage footballer in the world, taking home a cool £130,000-a-week. However Mourinho has questioned Van Gaal for handing the 19-year-old such a contract, and aimed a well placed jibe at his United counterpart merely weeks before the Premier League season is set to get underway.
According to the Guardian, Mourinho has voiced concerns that bringing Shaw in would have detrimentally had an effect on the harmony at Stamford Bridge, and told how he believed paying such a high wage was a mistake.
“If we pay to a 19-year-old boy what we were being asked for, to sign Luke Shaw, we are dead,” the 51-year-old said.
“We would have killed our stability with financial fair play and killed the stability in our dressing room.
“Because when you pay that much to a 19-year-old kid – a good player, fantastic player – but when you pay that amount of money, the next day, we would have had players knocking on our door.
“They would have been saying, ‘How is it possible I play 200 games for this club, won this and that, yet a 19-year-old comes here and gets more money than I get?’
“It would’ve killed immediately our balance and we couldn’t allow that. I don’t criticise another club for paying it. They can pay what they want. I don’t have any comment about it. But for my club we can say it would be very negative for us, especially when we can say Felipe is much less expensive. Sometimes you have to make decisions.”
The two way battle
This comes following the Blues’ rumoured interest in Shaw, who has steadily garnered a reputation over the past two seasons for being one of Europe’s most promising talents. At one stage it was assumed that there would be a two horse race between United and Chelsea for his signature, with the latter perhaps having the advantage as he’s admitted in the past that he is a fan of the west London club.
However based on this evidence Mourinho made the decision long ago that Shaw was not for him. The England international could yet develop into the finest full-back in the country but, as with all young players whose status demands a lucrative contract, there’s a considerable risk factor involved.