Phil Jones decides today whether he will join Bordeaux in an attempt to get his career back on track after playing a match for TWO YEARS for Manchester United due to fitness issues
- Phil Jones is considering whether to join Bordeaux in Ligue 1 or not
- The defender has only played once in the last two years for Manchester United
- Bordeaux want to add another versatile defender after signing Marcelo
- Benfica considered an approach to Jones in January
Manchester United defender Phil Jones’ transfer to Bordeaux is in balance.
The 29-year-old will today make a decision on whether he wants to join the French side. He is eager to play more regular football after playing only once this season, in the 1-0 home defeat to Wolves earlier this month. Meanwhile, Stoke Bordeaux striker Josh Maja is on loan.
After excluding Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny from their first-team squad, Bordeaux signed 34-year-old Brazilian defender Marcelo from Lyon on Friday, but want to add another versatile defender.
Manchester United defender Phil Jones is considering whether to go to Bordeaux or not
Jones has only played one game since being injured against Burnley in January 2020
Jones has played in central defense, fullback and defensive midfield with United and former Blackburn.
Although he has had to contend with injuries and other difficult fitness issues, Jones has been let down at times when he is unable to play.
His time in the periphery has proved to be a real mental challenge for the former English national team player and he wants to prove that he still has life left in his career.
A number of English clubs have considered him but have been reluctant to offer anything other than a loan or pay as you play. Benfica also considered an approach before January.
Jones opened up about his injury pain in an emotionally charged interview last year.
Jones won a league title in 2013, but his time at United has been overshadowed by injuries
“It was the lowest I’ve ever been as a human being,” Jones told The Sunday Times when he recovered from knee surgery in 2020.
‘I used to come back (from training) and be in pieces. My head was an absolute mess. I wanted to be in tears. People and football players, they want to put on a front that everything is in order, but you do not know what is going on behind closed doors. ‘
Jones also talked about his anger at being described as a ‘waste of time’ by former United team-mate Rio Ferdinand, and how he almost slammed a man who mocked him while out with his two daughters.
‘Listen, the respect I have is enormous. I have shared a dressing room with Rio – amazingly professional. Loved playing with him. Fantastic boy, good sense of humor. Learned so much from him, “he added. ‘But what he said was bad. Really poor.’