Date:6th February 2019 at 2:37pm
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Manchester United are set to offer defender Phil Jones a new long-term deal, according to the Metro.

The Red Devils are hopeful that the offer of fresh terms will keep Jones at the club beyond the summer, when his current deal expires.

Despite having a clause in his contract for a 12-month extension to keep him tied down until 2020, United are hopeful of the defender opting to sign a long-term deal.

The former Blackburn Rovers man is valued at around £20million by United, but he will be able to leave Old Trafford for free if a new deal is not agreed by July.

Jones has been a key player for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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Jones joined the club in 2011 for a fee of £17million, and has made 156 league appearances, scoring twice.

The 26-year-old was bit-part player under Jose Mourinho, but has become re-established in the team under new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – starting six of the Norwegian’s first eight league games at the helm.

Having made his name at Blackburn as a tough-tackling centre-back, Jones has been a key figure for the Old Trafford club during the last eight years which has often been blighted by injuries.

Named in Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup squad but only making two appearances during the tournament, it would appear that Jones’ next career move would need to ensure consistent appearances in order to challenge for a Three Lions starting spot.

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