Giving Shaw hefty wages would have disrupted squad stability.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has stated that he opted not to sign 19-year-old England sensation Luke Shaw as his £120,000 per week wage demands were too big to match.
Mourinho is known to be a fan of Shaw, who eventually signed for Chelsea’s rivals Manchester United, but felt that paying a teenager big money would have created trouble within the Blues’ squad.
“If we pay to a 19-year-old boy what we were being asked for, for Luke Shaw, we are dead,” the 51-year-old was quoted by the Daily Mail.
“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 – the next day, me and (Chelsea director) Mrs Granovskaia and (technical director) Michael Emenalo get players knocking on our door and saying how is it possible that I play for this club 200 games and won this and that?”
Mourinho also suggested that his new left-back acquisition Filipe Luis could be more value for money as the Brazilian has won La Liga and been in the final of the Champions League last season.
The Blues clearly seem to believe that the 28-year-old could be the ideal experienced replacement for departed Englishman Ashley Cole and hence passed on the chance to sign a Chelsea fan in Shaw.
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