Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has cleared the air with Jose Mourinho after he rejected the chance to join his Chelsea side in 2014, Sky Sports reports.
Following Shaw’s decision to sign a four-year contract at Old Trafford, Mourinho commented the left-back’s high wage demands would have ruined the stability of the dressing room at Chelsea by giving “that much to a 19-year-old kid”.
Shaw, who has played a key role in Mourinho’s Manchester United side this season, has revealed the pair shared a joke over the matter.”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,” said the former Southampton full-back.
“I just thought that I had a better chance of playing at United [than at Chelsea]. 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.”
Shaw suffered a double leg fracture against PSV Eindhoven last September, but since returning from injury, his impressive performances have earned him a call-up to England’s World Cup Qualifier against Slovakia on Sunday.
And the 21-year-old is relishing the competition with Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose for the starting role in Sam Allardyce’s team. “I watched a lot of football while I was out and I always look to see what other left-backs are doing and how they play, how I can improve my own game,” he said.
“There have been a lot of good English left-backs who have emerged over the past year, especially Danny Rose, who was the best in the league last season. I want to be playing with the best and fighting for a position against the best players.”