With a habit of surprising the football world more often than not, Jose Mourinho has come up with a comment that might stun his own fans. After going in a heated battle with Manchester United for the signature of England International left-back Luke Shaw before Shaw snubbed Chelsea to join the Red Devils, Mourinho has expressed his relief on not signing the highly rated left-back.
We would have killed our stability with financial fair play, and killed the stability in our dressing room,” Mourinho said, quoted by Mirror.
After it was made clear that Ashley Cole would not be offered a new contract by Chelsea, they were in long pursuit of a left-back that would fill the void left by the Englishman. Luke Shaw, who registered one assist last season after having played 35 matches for the Saints was on the wish list of both Chelsea and Manchester United however as it turned out to be at the end, Chelsea who are known for buying quality for inflated prices, refused to pay over the hill for the 19-year-old left back.
In a statement that has maybe started a war now between Mourinho and his former boss Luis Van Gaal, the Portuguese was in no mood to hide his desire when topic of Luke Shaw surfaced in front of him. Although Chelsea have signed players like Fernando Torres and Eden Hazard for multi million pounds, yet their wage bill is less than that of the opposing teams. Both Hazard and Torres are way behind in wage bills than United's duo Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie as the latter gets paid a handsome 300k and 250k pounds per week, respectively.
"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.’’ Mourinho.
So as the recent comments made by the Portuguese suggests, one thing has been made crystal clear that although Chelsea are one of the most gifted when it comes to money in European football, still they will not go in a tug of war battle for a player which they feel can disturb the balance at the bridge.
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