When Luke Shaw joined Manchester United for £27million in 2014, his status as one of the world's best teenage footballers was sealed. Having also agreed a £120,000-a-week contract, he also became one of the richest.
The left-back had already become integral to Southampton's team and had a host of offers on the table, one of which was from Jose Mourinho, then manager of Chelsea. He eventually chose Old Trafford and the Portuguese, as usual, attempted to save face by claiming it was he who pulled out of the deal.
"If we pay to a 19-year-old boy what we were being asked for, for Luke Shaw, we are dead," said the Special One at the time. "We kill our stability with Financial Fair Play. We kill the stability in our dressing room.
"Because when you pay that much to a 19-year-old kid — a good player, a fantastic player — the next day, me and (Chelsea director) Mrs Granovskaia and (technical director) Michael Emenalo get players knocking on our door and saying how is it possible that I play for this club 200 games and won this and that?
"How come a 19-year-old comes here and gets more money than I get? It would kill immediately our balance and we don’t allow that. I don’t criticise the other clubs for paying it. But for my club, we can say it would be very negative."
The comments reverberated around every national newspaper at the time and naturally found their way to Shaw, who, two years later, now finds himself under Mourinho's stewardship at Manchester United, setting up for an awkward situation.
Shaw revealed that he was happy to let the elephant in the room go unnoticed and that it was, in fact, Mourinho who eventually brought up his previous comments. Whatever he said, it appears to have been enough to clear the air.
He told Reuters: "We spoke about it. He said it to me at first. I was just going to leave it, but he had a joke about it. There are no hard feelings."
On why he chose United
Shaw, once again, was asked to explain why he chose to join United over Chelsea despite the fact their future at the top was unclear. Indeed, the Blues were very much on the up while United had just finished seventh and sacked David Moyes.
"I just thought that I had a better chance of playing at United (than at Chelsea)," he explained. "Patrice Evra was leaving (United), whereas Chelsea had a solid back four that I knew Jose liked.
"So even though Chelsea were much closer to my home, I felt United were the better choice. I was never focused on the money. It was about football."