Phil Jones extends stay at Manchester United

Phil Jones has signed a new contract with Manchester United that will keep him at Old Trafford until June 2019.

The 23-year-old defender, who moved to United from Blackburn Rovers in 2011 for £17 million, had one year left on his previous deal.

The English centre-back has made 128 appearances in four years at Old Trafford. He made 22 appearances in a variety of positions in the 2014-15 season despite missing time due to injury.

United manager Louis Van Gaal praised the defender for his versatility, saying:

“Phil is a talented footballer with great versatility and can play in a number of positions.”

“Phil is a relatively young defender who is developing all the time. He missed some of last season due to injury but I was impressed by his professionalism and attitude during those periods.”

Jones appears to be pleased with the deal as well, despite the looming possibility of Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos joining the club and partnering with Marcos Rojo in Jones’ favored position.

Jones, who is understood to have agreed similar terms as teammate Chris Smalling, is set to earn £80,000 a week. While some United fans have had mixed reactions to the news because of Jones’ injury proneness, he is still a top defender when he’s in form and he’s still yet to enter the prime of his career.