Luke Shaw joins Manchester United: England defender completes £30m move from Southampton

Shaw has changed his Twitter details to confirm he is now a Manchester United player

Manchester United have confirmed the signing of England international defender Luke Shaw for a fee in excess of £30m, after he became the most expensive teenager in world football. Shaw leaves Southampton after  three years in the first team, agreeing a four-year contract with the option of an extra year as United second signing of the summer.

Shaw was part of England's ill-fated World Cup campaign, and started the final Group D match against Uruguay to get his first taste of action in Brazil, although the final score was a disappointing 0-0 with Costa Rica.

Having returned to England on Wednesday, Shaw arrived at United's Carrington training headquarters to undergo a medical, and United eventually confirmed his signing on Friday afternoon despite a period of confusion.

Shaw put on his own Twitter account that he was now a Manchester United player, only to delete it minutes later as no confirmation came from the club. However, United did confirm the news, with Shaw admitting that he is "thrilled and excited to be joining Manchester United".

The 18-year-old, who will celebrate his birthday next month, is believed to have cost in excess of £30m, meaning he is the most expensive teenager to complete a transfer in the history of football around the globe.

 

Luke Shaw changed his Twitter page to confirm he has joined Manchester United Luke Shaw changed his Twitter page to confirm he has joined Manchester United

Having been linked with both Chelsea and United over the past season, the Red Devils have clearly won the race for one of the most highly-rated teenagers around the world.

Shaw told the club's website: "I am thrilled and excited to be joining Manchester United. I have been at Southampton since I was eight years old and I would like to thank them and the fans for everything they have done for me. 

"I want to continue to progress my career and joining United is the ideal place for me to do that. I am looking forward to this new chapter in my life and also looking forward to learning from the world-class players and management at the club."

Assistant manager Ryan Giggs, who is currently taking care of matters at Old Trafford as they await the arrival of new manager Louis van Gaal, said: "Luke is a very talented young left-back with great potential. He has developed immensely during his time at Southampton and has all the attributes to become a top player.

"I am delighted he has joined Manchester United as I believe this is the right club for him to continue his development as a young player and eventually fulfil that promise."

The news comes a day after Ander Herrera completed his move to United, who are looking to bounce back from their dismal season last time out which saw them finish seventh and sack manager David Moyes.

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