Manchester United and Liverpool to do battle for Peterborough United wonderkid

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Manchester United and Liverpool enjoy one of the fiercest rivalries in football.

According to reports from The Daily Mail, that competition looks set to continue in this summer transfer window.

Both sides are thought to be keen on a move for Peterborough United starlet Ricky-Jade Jones.

The 17-year-old has burst onto the scene with The Posh this term and has made 11 appearances for the League One side.

Interest from United and Liverpool is nothing new to the talented midfielder, who has also attracted admiring glances from Arsenal and Leeds United this term.

However speaking to Sky Sports, he says that attracting such compliments is a huge boost for him.

He said: "As a 17-year old hearing that is really nice.

"I'm in a good position right now and I'm enjoying football so it doesn't distract me. It just gives me more motivation to show everyone what I can do."

Competition could be fierce for his signature, however Jones has hinted where his preferred destination would be based on one of his role models.

Asked who he looks up to, the midfielder said: "Marcus Rashford because the way he broke into the team was similar to me and my upbringing. I watch Rashford a lot and learn from him.

"I look at teams like Leicester and players like Jamie Vardy. I think I'm suited to [being] a Vardy-type of player.

"I've had a few defenders say they don't like playing against me and that's always nice to hear at a young age.

"Ever since Under 12s I had a coach who used to train me to get faster because my running technique wasn't the best. Over the years I've gradually got faster."

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

There's no doubting that Ricky-Jade Jones is a huge talent.

At 17 years old he's already one of the most promising players in the EFL, however there always has to be a degree of caution.

The midfielder is in a great place with Peterborough United to gain first team football and really mature as a player.

If he was to move to Manchester United or Liverpool, he would need to ensure that he was not missing out on valuable first team opportunities.

Of course a move to one of the Premier League's top sides would be great for him, but it's key to make the right decision for him in the long run.

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