Luke Shaw has revealed that he has talked with manager Jose Mourinho about his decision to snub Chelsea back in 2014.
Shaw, 21, was playing well for Southampton at the time and had several big clubs chasing him. He opted to go to Manchester United over Chelsea. Mourinho made a comment about Shaw’s high wage demands, but the left back said that they have cleared the air.
“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,” Shaw said.
“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 in a Champions League game against PSV Eindhoven last September, but has come back strong with some good performances. His play earned him a spot in Sam Allardyce’s England squad, and Shaw said he’s excited to compete with Tottenham’s Danny Rose for the starting job.
“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,” Shaw 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.”
England takes on Slovakia on the road on Sunday in their 2018 World Cup qualifier opener.