Man Utd affirm departure of Phil Jones

Manchester United have introduced Phil Jones will depart the membership on the finish of the 2023/24 season.

The centre-back will depart on the conclusion of his present contract, bringing down the curtain on an up-and-down 12 yr keep at Outdated Trafford.

Talking to membership channels, Jones mentioned: “It has been very tough, the final couple of years. There is no denying that. There isn’t any hiding away from that. My household have been completely instrumental in preserving me on the straight and slim and preserving me targeted, to attempt to get match and attempt to play extra.

“And, you recognize, I’ve missed taking part in soccer. I missed it. You develop up taking part in soccer and all you need to do is play soccer. It is all I’ve identified, from such a younger age, is to do what you’re keen on doing for a residing. I have been lucky sufficient to do this, albeit not as a lot as I’d have appreciated.

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“I’ve labored tirelessly exhausting. I actually left no stone unturned. I attempted to get again as fast as I might, each time I used to be out within the final couple of years. I feel the spotlight for me must be the Wolves recreation [his return from injury last season], after I got here again. That was only a second that I am going to always remember. It offers me goosebumps now, eager about it. I imply I labored so, so exhausting to get to that stage of health.

“That was an enormous, big second in my profession and the followers, that day, had been unbelievable. The love that they confirmed me for that recreation, the eagerness that they confirmed, was sensational. And I can not thank them sufficient for that. They have been a continuing help all through my time right here.”

Jones, now 31, has not featured for Man Utd in any respect this season underneath Erik ten Hag, along with his final look coming in a 3-0 win in opposition to Brentford in direction of the tip of the 2021/22 marketing campaign.

He arrived at Outdated Trafford in 2011 from Blackburn Rovers as one of many nation’s most wanted defensive prospects and was a part of the final Man Utd aspect to win the Premier League.

In complete, Jones has gained 5 trophies for the Crimson Devils – one Premier League, one FA Cup, one Europa League and two Group Shields – throughout 229 video games. He has additionally been capped 27 occasions by England and went to 3 main tournaments, together with the 2018 World Cup.

Jones is due a testimonial, but it surely was reported again in 2019 by The Athletic that he turned it down as he solely believed his mum and pop would present up.