United tie down Phil Jones


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Manchester United have confirmed defender Phil Jones has signed a new contract at Old Trafford that will keep him at the club until 2023.

The England international has been hampered by injuries this season but has still made 11 appearances in the Premier League.

Jones signed from Blackburn Rovers in 2011 and has played 156 league games for the Red Devils.

United will also have the option to extend the centre-back’s contract by a further 12 months and he admits it was a no-brainer to stay put.

Jones said: “I am delighted to have signed a new contract. Manchester United has been a big part of my life for eight years and I love everything about this club.

“I am excited about the challenges that lie ahead of us as we prepare for a very busy period in the season. I would like to thank Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer) and the coaching staff for their continued support in my development.”

Solskjaer, who has played Jones in all 10 of his matches as United’s caretaker manager, added: “Phil knows what it takes to be a Manchester United player.

“He is coming up to his 27th birthday and entering into his prime years as a centre-half. We are delighted Phil has committed his future to the club.”

The duo will be hoping to help United win some silverware this season, with the Red Devils 6.00 to win the FA Cup.

They will need to get past Chelsea to reach the sixth round, with the Blues 2.10 favourites. The draw is 3.50 while United are available at the same price.

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