Manchester United are set to tie down Arsenal and Tottenham target Phil Jones on a new deal because he is still rated by Jose Mourinho, according to the Daily Express.
The English international is out of contract at the end of the season and has reportedly attracted the attention of the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham.
Jones joined United in 2011 in a £15 million deal from Blackburn and was one of England’s brightest defensive prospects at the time.
Alex Ferguson had been so confident of his acquisition that he claimed he had the potential to become the club’s greatest ever player.
However, the prediction of the club’s greatest ever manager would turn out to be wrong as the defender’s development was stalled by series of injuries during his career, limiting him to just 171 appearances for the club so far.
Jones current deal will expire at the end of the season and there have been doubts over whether the club will renew the contract.
United have the option to extend his contract by 12 months and according to The Sun, they have made the decision to keep him for another year to ward off interests from their Premier league rivals.
It is believed that Mourinho is a big fan of the 26-year-old and has been key to the to the decision to keep him at the club longer to allow time to evaluate the player before making a long-term decision.Follow Football News Arena on Facebook and Twitter for the latest transfer news, injury news, team news and rumours from across the major Leagues in Europe and around the World.