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Phil Jones to be offered new Manchester United contract

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Manchester United are preparing to offer Phil Jones a new contract to tie down his long-term future to Old Trafford, reports The Sun.

Jones is about to enter the fourth year of a five-year contract. Earning around £50,000-a-week, Jones became one of the highest paid teenagers in the world after agreeing £16 million transfer from Blackburn Rovers in 2011.

Wage rise

Despite a stuttering start to his Manchester United career, Van Gaal is still ready to offer Jones a significant pay rise. His new contract will be worth a reported £75,000-a-week and will run until 2019 bringing the total value up to £19.5 million.

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It is a show of faith from the new Red Devils boss, who is keen to make sure Manchester United's best players are committed for the foreseeable future.

Injury problems

The 22-year-old is set to become an important member of Van Gaal's squad following the departure of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand. He is under pressure to realise his potential after three sub-standard years as a Manchester United player.

His progress has been severely hampered by injury. Since breaking into the Blackburn team in 2010, Jones has suffered 18 different injuries, 16 of which have been at Old Trafford.

Foot, knee, pelvis and hip problems have afflicted Jones in the last three years limiting him to 65 starts in the Premier League. 

Delayed talks

It was reported in March that David Moyes was ready to offer Jones a very similar contract. Moyes saw Jones as key to his rebuilding plan at Old Trafford and wanted his long-term future sorted before he went to the World Cup.

However, Moyes was sacked and talks were held off until Van Gaal could assess the England international. It seems the Dutchman has been impressed by Jones, and talks can now continue with regards to an extension.

Arsenal swap

If the contract is agreed it will bring an end to speculation regarding Jones's future. Arsene Wenger was reportedly ready to take Jones to Arsenal earlier this summer.

The Gunners boss reportedly told Manchester United they could have Thomas Vermaelen - a key target for Van Gaal - if Jones was allowed to go the other way. Van Gaal rejected the proposal and Vermaelen joined Barcelona.

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