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Man Utd to offer Jones a new deal

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Manchester United defender Phil Jones is likely to be offered a new contract by the club in the coming weeks, The Guardian says.

Jones, regarded as one of the brightest young players in the English national side, is also seen to be a key player for United down the road.

His current contract is somewhere around the £50,000 per week range, but his new deal should be expected to be substantially more.

Jones, just 22, has started in some of Manchester United’s key fixtures this season, whether domestically or in the Champions League. Some of that has been out of necessity with some injuries to Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand’s decreasing ability to play on a consistent basis.

But Jones’ injury record is of concern, too. Often flying into tackles and exerting tremendous energy in defense, his risk is greater than most traditional defenders.

“I think that is how he plays,” said United manager David Moyes. “He is an old-fashioned player who throws himself about and you may say: ‘Why did you do that?’ But that is why he has had a few injuries and been caught out a few times. We certainly don’t want that to continue. We think that, with maturity, he will recognize when he should go for it and when he should stand up.”

Jones features in midfield from time to time, as Manchester United are short of defensive options there. His long-term future is seen at center back.

Jones signed from Blackburn for a fee of £17m.

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