Mourinho: Shaw would have killed Chelsea
Jose Mourinho claims he turned down the chance to sign Luke Shaw because his wage demands were financially irresponsible and would have disrupted the harmony within his Chelsea squad.
Shaw, a boyhood Chelsea fan, became the most expensive full-back in history when Manchester United bought him from Southampton for an initial £27 million earlier this month.
Luke Shaw impressed on his Manchester United debut in the 7-0 win over the LA Galaxy,
Yet Mourinho says he is concerned by Shaw’s reported £100,000-a-week wage packet, arguing that paying such a sum, for a player who only made his Premier League debut in November 2012, would have destroyed the spirit in the Stamford Bridge dressing room.
“If we pay to a 19-year-old boy what we were being asked for, to sign Luke Shaw, we are dead,” Mourinho told reporters at Chelsea’s pre-season training camp in Austria. “We would have killed our stability with financial fair play and killed the stability in our dressing room.