Stoke manager Mark Hughes confirms enquires to Man United over Phil Jones

by Leo Nieboer

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has confirmed that the club has made enquiries to Manchester United with regard for Phil Jones.

It was reported earlier this week that various clubs, including Stoke and Arsenal, were monitoring Jones’ situation at Man United.

The 24-year-old centre-back hasn’t made an appearance for United since January 2, missing out on all three of Jose Mourinho‘s match-day squads so far this season.

Speaking at a press conference, Hughes admitted the club had made enquiries over Jones’ situation.

“As I said we’ve made enquiries,” Hughes said.

“We’ve talked about a lot of players, too many to list to be perfectly honest.

“Clearly he’s a player that has got good pedigree and is at a good club and sometimes you just enquire to see what the current thinking is on certain players.”

Many United fans wouldn’t kick up much of a fuss if Jones – who has quickly gone from first-team regular to peripheral figure at Old Trafford in the past two years – did head for the exit door.

However, the Englishman can offer a devastating dynamic through his cabaret of aggression and power at the back, and it is for this reason why Mourinho has insisted the 24-year-old is an important member of his squad. 

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