Phil Jones reveals City, Chelsea, Liverpool or Arsenal were options before signing for Man United

Scott Polacek Manchester City FC

Phil Jones has admitted he had ‘a host’ of clubs interested in him before he decided to join Manchester United. 

Jones joined United in 2011 from Blackburn Rovers on a deal that was reported to be around £16.5million. However, it could have been very different for Jones who said Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton were all interested in signing him at the time. 

Jones said he was determined to sign for United after just one conversation with manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Phil Jones said Sir Alex Ferguson was responsible for him joining Manchester United in 2011

Phil Jones said Sir Alex Ferguson was responsible for him joining Manchester United in 2011

Jones said Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton were interested in him

Jones said Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton were interested in him

‘He (Ferguson) was there for my first two years and he was the one who brought me from Blackburn – I’m forever grateful to him for doing that,’ Jones told MUTV.

‘I had offers from other clubs. I could have gone to a host of clubs: [Manchester] City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton.

Jones remains at the club and has won the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League

Jones remains at the club and has won the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League

‘He was the last person I’d spoke to and I remember walking back out with my agent and saying: ‘I want to sign for Man Utd.’ That was it. We hadn’t even discussed any personal terms, but I knew that was the club I wanted to sign for.’

The defender remains at the club and has won the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League with the Red Devils during his time at Old Trafford.

 

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