Luke Shaw reveals why he turned down an offer to sign for Mourinho's Chelsea
Published 02/09/2016 | 00:18
Luke Shaw has revealed why he turned down a chance to join Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in favour of a move to Manchester United in the summer of 2014.
Shaw was strongly tipped to make the move from Southampton to Chelsea, after admitting he was a fan of the Stamford Bridge club in his youth.
Yet it was United who won the race for his signature in a £27m deal, leaving Mourinho to suggest the young full-back would not have been a suitable option for his club as the presence of a teenage newcomer in the Blues first team may have infuriated some of the senior professionals in his dressing now.
Shaw and Mourinho are now finally getting the chance to work together at United and the England defender has revealed why he turned down the chance to move to Chelsea in favour of a switch to Old Trafford.
“I thought I could play more football in Manchester so that’s why I picked them,” says Shaw. “Patrice Evra was leaving (for Juventus) and Jose, at that time, had a solid back four that I knew he liked. So, even though Chelsea were much closer to my home, I felt United were the better choice for me.
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“I was never focused on the money side at that point. The main thing for me was playing. It wasn’t to do with wages. It was about football.”
He went on to reveal that Mourinho had joked about his failure to land Shaw during his time at Chelsea, but he insisted there was no animosity between the duo over the snub.
“We spoke about it. He said it to me first, I was just going to leave it, then he had a joke at me about it,” he stated.
“There are no hard feelings. It wasn’t even a talk we had to have to clear the air or anything.”
Shaw went on to suggest he is motivated by a desire to be remembered for more than just the horrific broken leg he sustained playing in the Champions League this season, with the injury ruling him out for most of last season.
“I don’t want people to know me as the left-back who broke his leg when he was young. I want them to know me for how I play on the pitch and for how many trophies I hopefully win,” he added.
“I feel really happy, personally. I thought maybe I wouldn’t find my feet so quickly after an injury like that, but it’s kind of strange... it feels like I haven’t been gone.
“I’ve had a couple of tackles in matches, but also in training. I wear shin pads in training so if someone kicks it, it’s safe.
“Ashley Young was the first to kick it, but it was good. I needed that. Now, in games, I’ve gone past thinking where the challenges are coming from, I just play free and enjoy being back on the pitch.”