Shaw exclusive: I'm proud of this contract
Congrats to Luke Shaw on signing a new five-year contract! "I'm very proud," he says in our exclusive interview...
Luke, congratulations on the new contract. How does it feel to put pen to paper? Yeah, I’m very proud and very happy as well. It’s been an odd four years for me. There have been ups and downs. From signing today now it’s all about looking forward and to how much I can help the team and become a success again and I’m really looking forward to the years to come. It has been a five-year period at United when there has been a lot of turmoil, sometimes in your career, so the fact that the club has put its belief in you and that the manager really believes in you going forward must give you huge confidence? Yeah, of course, and if you look at my situation in the last year and a bit you’d have thought this could have been impossible, but I worked hard, I wanted to be here and I wanted to make sure that my future was here to help this club. Like I say, I’m really happy and thanks to all the staff, my team-mates, the management that I have had and of course them for believing in me and especially now to give me a new contract and like I said I’m really looking forward to the future. Your form this season has been excellent. It couldn’t have come at a better time really as well, so having that long run in the team and playing so well, it’s so good for you right now… Yeah, of course, and I think I knew how important this season was going to be, especially the start of it coming in my last year [of contract]. I’m really happy to be in this form and over the pre-season I was working very hard to make sure that I gave myself the best opportunity to be able to put myself in the team, and thankfully I have done that. Like I say, the hard work isn’t over. I want to stay in the team now and keep the shirt, so I’ll keep going, keep focused, keep concentrating and that’s what I’m going to be doing. The long contract not only shows the club’s belief in you, but your belief in the project as well. With what’s happening here at Manchester United, are you confident that we will be successful? Yeah, of course! Everybody knows how big Manchester United is and obviously the success we’ve had in the years that have gone by, but I think personally it’s only a matter of time that the success is going to be coming back. I can see the team that we have here. We have an amazing group of players and the talent we have is scary, there are a lot of young lads that are hungry for trophies and that’s only good for the team, for the club and obviously for the fans too. Finally, on the fans, they’ve always supported you and they’ve always been right behind you, so do you have a message to those supporters? Obviously, I have said thank you to them before, but yeah, they mean a lot to me. Even in the bad times that I have had when I haven’t been playing and there were maybe bad performances, they’ve always stuck by me and believed in my ability. Obviously, massive thanks go to them and I’ll give my best and I’ll try to bring them the success that they want at this club.