STATEMENT: Shaw joins Man Utd

By SFC Media Fri 27 Jun First team

Southampton Football Club can confirm that Luke Shaw has today completed his move to Manchester United.

The Saints Academy graduate moves to Old Trafford for an undisclosed fee. The fee will amount to the highest-ever transfer fee received by the club, making the 18 year-old the most expensive teenager ever.

Executive Director Les Reed commented: “While we are sad to see Luke depart the club, we fought to ensure that we got the right deal for a player in whom we have invested a great deal of work over the past decade.

“Luke joined us at the age of eight, and our academy staff and coaches have helped him to progress into a top-class player. He will leave our club and carry forward our top-class pedigree, as others have done before.

“This deal is a good one for Southampton Football Club, and hopefully sends a clear message to other clubs wishing to bid for our players.

“Luke’s transfer fee will be reinvested into the team as our new manager, Ronald Koeman, builds for the new season and for years to come.” 

CEO Gareth Rogers commented: “Luke's world-record transfer to Manchester United is yet another endorsement of the great work undertaken at our academy and by the staff at Southampton Football Club.  

“We can now move forward and continue to invest in the future of our club.”  

Shaw spent more than a decade with Southampton, joining the club’s academy at the age of eight and progressing to the first team before becoming a full England international earlier this year.

Since making his debut at the age of 16 in January 2012, the full-back racked up a total of 67 appearances, 60 of which came in the Barclays Premier League.

During his time at Southampton, Shaw also represented England at practically every level, including at this summer’s FIFA World Cup finals.

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