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THIRTEEN Different Teams Want To Sign Phil Jones From Manchester United

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THIRTEEN Different Teams Want To Sign Phil Jones From Manchester United

Phil Jones is currently being monitored by thirteen different clubs ahead of the January transfer window - despite not starting for Manchester United since January 2020.

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The 29-year-old last played for United in FA Cup victory over Tranmere Rovers and has been suffering from a knee injury.

He's expected to leave the club in January and according to The Sun, a massive number of teams are interested.

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Among those are Premier League sides Newcastle United and Watford who are looking to avoid relegation.

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Another side mentioned is Derby County, who are currently managed by Jones' former teammate at United, Wayne Rooney.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hasn't committed to letting Jones leave however and will make a decision in January.

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This season has seen Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire suffer injuries and Solskjaer is worried about being light in defence.

Jones has mainly played U23s football this campaign but made the bench for September's Carabao Cup defeat to West Ham.

His £130,000-per-week contract is set to expire in 2023 after signing an extension in 2019.

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The former England international opened up about his recent struggles in an interview with The Times, discussing the abuse he's received from supporters.

"I must be an easy target," he said. "Every footballer has a tag and unfortunately mine is, 'Let's have a laugh at him.' But -- and I say this in the nicest possible way -- I know who'll have the last laugh.

"I'm proud of my career and when it finishes and I'm enjoying my life -- and by the way I'm super fortunate that I'll be able to do that, because footballers are fortunate -- [the keyboard warriors] will still be in their mum's spare bedroom, sipping Diet Pepsi that's flat, eating a Pot Noodle, sitting in their boxers, tweeting."

Rio Ferdinand slammed Jones for 'taking up a youth team player's position in the squad' which saw pushback from Solskjaer.

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"Phil has had a horrible 18, 19, 20 months and probably a year before that as well with injuries," Solskjaer explained per Manchester Evening News. "I think Rio was a bit, not out of order, he should have called me and asked why Phil hasn't played or why Phil hasn't been here.

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"Phil is a no-fuss, get-on-with-it type of guy, and I think that was out of order completely (of Ferdinand), I know more than anyone how it feels to be injured. Phil is still not 30 years of age.

"Since I came back here, he's battled against his knee injury and he put his body on the line every single training session, every single game, there are a few times we've had to manage him, and he's never done anything but give everything for the club.

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"Rio of all should know more than go out and say this. I wanted to say a lot, I've not said a lot about Phil's injury because I protect him, he never does social media, never has to do interviews, just gets his head down, proper professional, no fuss, a family man and just wants to get back fit."

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Topics: Football, Manchester United, Phil Jones, Transfers, Premier League, England

Daniel Marland
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