Phil Jones, a Man Utd outcast, will be given a chance to save his career, with 13 clubs chasing his signature.
Phil Jones, a Manchester United defender, has largely gone unnoticed at the club.
Given his injury woes at the Premier League giants, Phil Jones has had a nightmare spell at Manchester United for more than a few years.
If reports are to be believed, that could be about to change, with 13 clubs reportedly interested in signing the defender.
Jones, who is now 29, joined United from Blackburn Rovers for £16 million in 2011.
With Sir Alex Ferguson’s glowing endorsement – “Jones has the potential to be our best ever player,” he famously said – it appeared the Preston-born prodigy was set for a successful career at Old Trafford.
But, ten years later, that quote couldn’t be further from the truth, as Jones hasn’t played in a senior game in 22 months.
In January 2020, he played against Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup.
And just days before that, he made his final Premier League appearance in a 2-0 home defeat to Burnley, effectively ending his United career.
Jones’ career may still have hope, according to the Sun, which claims that 13 teams are interested in signing the injury-prone centre-back.
Watford and Newcastle are reportedly willing to offer him a Premier League lifeline, despite the fact that they have two of the league’s worst four defenses.
Former United legend Wayne Rooney is also said to be interested in the defender, with the Liverpudlian hoping to sign him to Championship basement club Derby County – though any deal would almost certainly be a loan move.
Wages will almost certainly be a stumbling block in bringing Jones to the Championship, where he is also wanted by other unnamed clubs.
With his contract set to expire at the end of the season, United may be willing to pay a portion of his salary to free up some of their wage budget.
Jones recently opened up about his decision to leave social media after receiving a barrage of abuse, as well as the impact his injury struggles have had on him.
“I stepped away from social media a long time ago, but it’s difficult because all your friends read it, your family reads it, and they all read it,” he told MUTV.
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