Southampton rising star Luke Shaw is putting all conversations about a potential move to Manchester United on hold until he completes World Cup duty with England.
Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail passed along comments from the 18-year-old defender, who beat out Three Lions stalwart Ashley Cole for a spot on the 23-man roster. He said England is going to remain his sole focus for the time being:
It is something that is not even on my mind.
Transfer talk is completely gone—I am here to focus on England and England only.
Shaw also talked about his surprise after finding out he was granted a place on the plane to Brazil after Cole returned to form late in the Premier League campaign:
I was very surprised. With Ashley Cole not playing that many games, I thought I might have a chance.
But obviously he played in the last three games of the season and he played incredibly well so that made me think that maybe it might not be my turn.
The left-back is one of the most talented young players in England. He's coming off a solid campaign with the Saints and based on that form, not the previous contributions of Cole, he deserved to get the nod from manager Roy Hodgson.
BBC Sport passed along his stats for the 2013-14 season:
Heading to Brazil is a major opportunity for him. Putting the potentially massive distraction of a Manchester United transfer on the back burner until after the World Cup is a decision that shows Shaw is wise well beyond his years.
Leighton Baines is expected to draw the start on the left side of defense, so exactly how much playing time Shaw will receive is a mystery. It could be none or he could be thrust into a major role if the Everton veteran were to suffer an injury.
Even if he doesn't play, the experience of going through all of the World Cup preparations and taking in the atmosphere of a major tournament will bode well for the next cycle. If he continues on his current trajectory, he'll be a key asset for the Three Lions moving forward.
A move to Manchester United or another marquee club may or may not happen over the summer—rumors run rampant this time of year—but it's not something he should worry about right now. There will be plenty of time for those talks after the tournament.
Although the future is certainly bright for Shaw, he must take it one step at a time. Right now, that means dedicating all of his energy to England's World Cup effort.
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