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Newcastle legend Shearer slaughters overpaid young English players

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer says English youngsters are paid too much. Jose Mourinho revealed that Manchester United fulllback Luke Shaw, 19, wanted more than £100,000 a week to join Chelsea from Southampton this summer. Ross Barkley has signed a new contract at the Everton since the World Cup thought to be worth £65,000-a-week. Liverpool are keen to offer Raheem Sterling, also 19, a pay-rise to his £30,000-a-week deal after a good season.

Shearer told BBC Sport: "I don't want to sound like an old f**t but they get paid too much too soon. It has to have an effect. I got paid £27-a-week when I was 17 on a youth training scheme at Southampton. Did I like it? No, I didn't but looking back it did me the world of good.

"I had to clean the boots and clean the toilets. The only time I was allowed in the first-team dressing room was to put the boots out, but there was a hunger and desire for me to get into that dressing room.

"I would dearly love that old apprenticeship to come back. I hated it at the time, but it didn't half give me a good grounding. It taught me respect."

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