Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Luke Shaw is set to be rewarded with a new and improved contract at the club.
Hopes have always been high for Shaw since his £30m move from Southampton in the summer of 2014, but the defender has endured a dramatic tenure at United.
Prior to his leg break, he was tipped as one of the league’s best full-backs but following his recovery, he struggled to truly convince Mourinho of his qualities and his fitness.
After impressing in large parts in the 2017/18 season so far, though, it seems Mourinho has been won over by Shaw. As quoted by Sky Sports, the United boss revealed that the England international will be rewarded with a new deal.
He made a big effort. He is now, for a few months, free of these minor injuries which sometimes stop evolution and I am really happy. I think the natural consequence of it is he will have his contract and he will be a Manchester United player for years.
Shaw is United’s only natural left-back at the club and will be desperate to nail down his position ahead of the remainder of the campaign.
With Luke, it is not about changing my mind. With Luke, it is just the evolution or no evolution of his potential. I think you say ‘fulfil the potential’ – it is just about that. I know Shaw since he arrived in the Premier League with Southampton and I know his potential, his quality.
With the 2018 World Cup only around the corner, also, Shaw will be determined to secure his place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the major competition.