Phil Jones unconcerned by Manchester United’s pursuit of a centre back this summer

by Leo Nieboer

Phil Jones is unmoved by Manchester United’s attempt to bring in another central defender over the transfer window.

The Englishman, who joined the club in 2011, started last season very brightly alongside Eric Bailly but injuries once again took a toll on his campaign.

He returned to Carrington for training over the weekend amid intense speculation surrounding Toby Alderweireld and Jerome Boateng.

But Jones, speaking soon after Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich, made it clear that he wasn’t concerned about any new arrivals pushing him out of the team.

“There’s been that talk for the last seven years,” he said.

“I say it time and time again: Man United are always going to be linked with the best players in the world. They are one of the best clubs in the world so it’s just normal.”

Jones has been at the club for seven years and during that time United have brought in Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof. Jose Mourinho is attempting to sign his third central defender in as many years.

And still Jones remains, flitting between excellent defensive performances to lengthy periods on the injury table with painful alacrity, forever consigned to being part of the club’s furniture, it seems, playing the role of an unquestionably talented but ultimately flawed player.

He looks to be safe for another year: Marcos Rojo is set to be the player sacrificed to make way for a new signing before the window shuts.

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