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Jose Mourinho: Luke Shaw can be at Manchester United 'for years'

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Is Luke Shaw's future really at Man United? (1:45)

Steve Nicol and Mark Donaldson ruminate on Luke Shaw's status at Man United after Jose Mourinho stated his intent to lock him down to a long-term deal. (1:45)

MANCHESTER -- Jose Mourinho says Luke Shaw will be a Manchester United player "for years" to come.

Shaw, 22, has a contract at Old Trafford until 2019 after the club triggered a one-year extension to his deal. But after working his way back into Mourinho's plans, the United manager wants the left-back to get a new long-term deal.

"He has been free of minor injuries for a few months which sometimes stops the evolution and I'm really happy," Mourinho told a news conference on Friday. "The natural consequence of it is that he will have his contract and he will be a United player for years."

Sources have told ESPN FC that discussions between the club and Shaw, who arrived from Southampton in a £30 million deal in 2014, over a new contract have not yet started. But after spending most of last season on the sidelines, the England international is enjoying one of his best runs under Mourinho having started seven of United's last nine games.

"With Luke it is not about changing my mind, it's just the evolution or no evolution of his potential," Mourinho added. "It's just about that. I know Shaw since he arrived in the Premier League with Southampton and I know his potential and quality.

"I like my players to be, not just on the pitch, but during the training week, and he made a big effort."