Luke Shaw looking forward to facing the team he supported

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw, who almost joined Chelsea in the summer, says that he is very much looking forward to facing the team that he supported as a youngster. The England international was one of the hottest properties in British football during the summer. Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United were reportedly interested in bringing him for well over £ 30 million. United finally secured his signature by also being an astronomical figure of £ 100,000 per week’s wages. Chelsea were not prepared to meet this figure and settled for Filipe Luis instead.

The blues will be the visitors to Old Trafford this weekend in one of the massive clashes across Europe in football. Chelsea come as the table leaders with a huge 10 point advantage over United. This is the combination of Chelsea’s impressive form in the early weeks of the season and Louis Van Gaal failing to get his footing at United. The Dutchman has been showing the quality at his disposal in recent weeks after United. Shaw says that he is expecting a top of the table clash encounter at Old Trafford. He expects United to completely overcome the defensive frailties that they have shown this campaign.

Chelsea are likely to be without their top scorer Diego Costa and Remy. “Playing against Chelsea is a big thing in my family and among my friends because I was born around that area of London. I used to watch them when I was younger. When I first played at Stamford Bridge with Southampton it was a bit of a surreal experience in a lot of ways because it was at a ground I’d visited as a kid. But playing against Chelsea with United at Old Trafford is a different proposition altogether. I’m really looking forward to it, especially with how big this fixture is,” said Shaw.

Westwood happy with VIlla purchases

Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood has claimed that he is extremely happy with the purchases made by the club this summer. After several years of struggling with finances, it appears that Villa owner Randy Lerner has decided to open the wallet once again. Villa have made some key signings in several areas of the pitch and this coupled with a strong start to the campaign has boosted positivity at the club. After several years of struggling against relegation threat towards the end of the campaign, Villa sit third in the table after three matches. They have dropped only two points along the way and things are beginning to look on the up for Lambert’s men.

Westwood, who was a £ 2 million signing for the club from Crewe Alexandra in 2012, is set to be a key player in the coming campaign. Last season, he made 37 appearances in all competitions and missed only three matches in the Premier League. He says that along with the permanent signings made by the Midlands outfit, players like Tom Cleverley have also strengthened the squad after coming on loan spells. The Manchester United midfielder will be spending the next 12 months at Villa Park and there is a possibility that the transfer could be made permanent since he will be a free agent in the summer.

“I believe there are good times ahead for this club and we’ve strengthened our group now with the arrival of Tom. He’s a really good player. I’ve met him this week and, even from that first day, you can just tell that he’s a top lad. I know he will fight right in. Overall, we’ve got two clean sheets – we almost made it three – and to do that in the Premier League is a real achievement,” said Westwood.

Coutinho Future Rumors

There were fears that Liverpool were taking a massive gamble on Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho when they brought him from Inter Milan for a transfer fee in the region of £ 8.5 million. The transfer was made 18 months ago and since then Coutinho has become one of the important players at Anfield. The Brazilian may have failed to make it into the World Cup 2014 squad, but Liverpool will actually be benefiting from it. The player would have had a good holiday’s and will be ready to look forward to the new season.

However, there has been speculation that he may decide to consider options elsewhere after having played in the Premier League and Italian Serie A. Even though he has a contract until 2018, the player is reportedly looking at earning more wages in line with his contribution to the team. Liverpool have also recognised this fact and they are reportedly preparing a new deal for the player. As negotiations continue behind the scenes, Brendan Rodgers has reiterated that he would like to keep the player for a long time.

The presence of the 22-year-old has been a major reason towards Liverpool playing the intense attacking football, which has become extremely popular amongst supporters.

“I am not sure when it will be done. I haven’t spoken to any of the directors in the last few days so I am not sure where we are on that, but obviously he is someone we want to tie up for a period of time. I am sure I will hear more about it when I get back on Tuesday. We’ve obviously got one or two players who are out who will come back and we have one or two more to bring in, so come the start of the season we will be in a real good condition,” said Rodgers.