Jones Set For New Contract

Phil Jones is expected to sign a new contract which will see him stay at Old Trafford for the foreseeable future.

The 23-year-old, who joined United from Blackburn Rovers in 2011 in a deal worth around £16 million, is thought to be close to signing a similar contract to that of fellow defender Chris Smalling, who put pen to paper on a new long term deal at the end of last season.

The versatile Jones has been used in a number of different positions by United and England, recently starting for his country at right back.

Jones’s current contract was due to run out at the end of next season, but manager Louis van Gaal is keen to secure his services with a deal worth around £80,000 a week thought to be on the table.

Fellow defender Smalling suggested recently that he and Jones deserve a run in the team as United’s long term centre back partnership having formed a good understanding during last season.

Van Gaal is, however, thought to be keen to strengthen his central defensive options, with Nicolas Otamendi and Mats Hummels both thought to be high on his summer shopping list and recent rumours over the availability of Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.

Jones’s career at United has been blighted by a number of injuries, but he still a raw talent and at 23 still has time to develop, with former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson seeing the potential in Jones to become a United great.

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