The Independent is reporting that Phil Jones has given his strongest indication to where his future may lie – if he were to leave Blackburn. The 19 year old will represent England in the summer U21 European Championship and has been linked with a host of clubs including Manchester United, Liverpool and Spurs. However, it’s Arsene Wenger’s style that impresses Jones the most.
Jones commented that “I think Arsenal play the prettiest football in the Premier League.”
Arsenal is known to have been monitoring Jones and his Blackburn teammate Steven N’zonzi – but Blackburn has made it clear that any team looking to sign the home-grown player from the club will need to pay a high price. Arsenal may face competition from Liverpool to sign Jones and you might think that Kenny Dalglish would be favourite due to the success he had as Blackburn manager in 1995; bearing in mind Jones has supported Blackburn since childhood. However, as Jones points out he would only have been 3 years old at the time – too young to remember that success under Dalglish.
On his future Jones says “Obviously I want to win things, and hopefully play for England at senior level. Representing your country is a massive achievement.”