Manchester United defender claims he rejected Chelsea move

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Manchester United defender Phil Jones has claimed he rejected a move to Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool to join Manchester United in 2011 from Blackburn.

“He 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 the official Manchester United website.

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“I had offers from other clubs. I could have gone to a host of clubs: [Manchester] City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton. 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 United.’ That was it. We hadn’t even discussed any personal terms, but I knew that was the club I wanted to sign for.

“His understanding of every player [set him apart]. His understanding and level of communications with those players was the best I’ve ever been involved with.

“He understood everyone in terms of: ‘Do I need to give them a rest? Do I need play him? Give him an arm around the shoulder? Do I need to go full hairdryer treatment? Do I need to give him some time off?’

“He knew exactly how to handle every situation. For me, that’s what’s made him the best.”

Every Chelsea fan will be happy with Phil Jones’ decision to join Manchester United and turn down Chelsea as he has failed to live up to expectations at Manchester United.

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