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Mourinho claims Shaw 'too expensive'

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By Jonathan Nightingale

Saturday 26 July 2014

Chelsea manager has claimed that the club pulled out of the race to sign young defender Luke Shaw because his wage demands would have “killed” the club, Sky Sports is reporting.

Jose Mourinho

Shaw penned a deal with Manchester United once the Blues had pulled out of the race to sign the 19-year-old, who became the most expensive teenager in the world having signed for £27m from Southampton.

Many regarded Shaw as the ideal replacement for the outgoing Ashley Cole, with the player also being a boyhood Chelsea fan – but the club opted to bring in Brazilian full back Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid in a deal that represents a much less significant outlay.

And Mourinho believes a signing such as Shaw would have been detrimental to both the club’s attempts to stay within the Financial Fair Play rules and his dressing room.

He said: “If we pay to a 19-year-old boy what we were being asked for, for Luke Shaw, we are dead.

"We kill our stability with financial fair play. We kill the stability in our dressing room.

"Because when you pay that much to a 19-year-old kid — a good player, a fantastic player — but when you pay that amount of money, the next day the players knock on the club's door.

"They would have been saying 'How is it possible I play for this club 200 games and won this and that; how come a 19-year-old comes here and gets more money than I get?' It would kill immediately our balance and we don't allow that.

"Filipe's much less expensive. And a guy like Filipe Luis played for Brazil, won titles in Spain, won European competition, played Champions League semi-final.

"This guy is much cheaper than a young English lad. And he is good for our average wages.”

Some are regarding Mourinho’s comments as the start of early mind games with his latest managerial rival.

In response new United manager Louis Van Gaal said he would be speaking to Mourinho in private about the situation should he chose to do so, claiming he did not have to discuss these things in the media.

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