Jose Mourinho: Signing Luke Shaw would have killed Chelsea
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says the Blues couldn't justify spending £27m on 19-year-old Luke Shaw
Jose Mourinho has lifted the lid on why Chelsea opted against signing highly-rated England left-back Luke Shaw this summer.
The 19-year-old penned a four-year deal with Manchester United in June after the Red Devils coughed up £27m for the Southampton youngster.
When you pay that amount of money, the next day, we would have had players knocking on our door
Chelsea had been heavily linked with a move for the self-professed Blues fan as veteran left-back Ashley Cole prepared to leave the club.
However, Mourinho landed Atletico Madrid full-back Filipe Luis following Shaw’s big-money switch to the 20-time English champions.
And the outspoken Chelsea manager felt that he couldn’t justify spending such a big fee on a teenager.
“If we pay to a 19-year-old boy what we were being asked for, to sign Luke Shaw, we are dead,” the Guardian quotes him as saying. “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?'”