Man Utd news: Jose Mourinho makes big Phil Jones decision after Arsenal and Tottenham link | Football | Sport
Jones joined United from Blackburn back in 2011 in a £15m deal after emerging as one of England’s brightest prospects.
And he was talked up by Sir Alex Ferguson as having the potential to become the club’s greatest ever player.
Jones’ career has stalled though with injuries restricting him to less than 30 appearances in all competitions during each of the past four seasons.
The England international is out of contract at Manchester United next summer and there have been doubts over where his long-term future lies.
However, The Sun claim United have made the decision to keep hold of Jones for another 12 months.
United will reportedly exercise the one-year option written into the defender’s current deal.
And their desire to tie him down seems to be driven by manager Mourinho.
Mourinho is said to rate the Preston-born ace highly, despite fielding him just once this term.
United will have an extra year to consider their long-term plans for Jones once the extension is triggered.
News of the 26-year-old staying at United will come as a blow to both Arsenal and Tottenham.
The north London duo have both allegedly been keeping tabs on Jones as he approaches the end of his deal.
But they will have to look elsewhere for reinforcements with United in no mood to let him leave.
Jones is not the only player whose contract is running down at Old Trafford.
Juan Mata will be free to speak to foreign clubs when the transfer window opens on January 1.
Matt Le Tissier believes United would be wrong to let the Spanish playmaker leave though.
“I think they probably will, I think they will,” Le Tissier said, when asked if United will allow Mata to go.
“I’m not sure that is the right decision.
“Although he won’t play every week, I think he’s an invaluable player to have in your squad as an option.
“We saw what he did [against Juventus] and he has the ability to do that.
“But, it will be interesting because I don’t think that he will keep him.”