Phil Jones has made eye-watering sum from Man Utd as star nears exit

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Phil Jones remains a forgotten figure at Manchester United as persistent injury woes push him further into the background. But as he nears the end of a 12-year career at Old Trafford, the former England international has earned a fortune since Sir Alex Ferguson signed him from Blackburn Rovers.

Jones joined United in a £16million deal in 2011 after emerging as one of the country’s brightest young defenders at Ewood Park.

Ferguson emphasised his potential with a bold claim upon his arrival, stating he had the makings of a future England captaincy and ‘the best player in United’s history’. Yes, really.

But after being a regular fixture in the back end of Ferguson’s reign and the start of the club’s new era, Jones’ career stalled and struggled to restart.

Relentless injuries from 2014 to now have seen the 31-year-old spend more time in rehabilitation than on the pitch.

However, he was handed a new four-year contract in 2015 and, even more bizarrely, another in 2019.

With that deal set to expire in July and Erik ten Hag almost certain to opt against sanctioning a stay, Express Sport explores how much Jones has earned at United.

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According to Salary Sport, from 2011 to 2014, Jones pocketed £59,000 per week, £3.1m per year and a total of £12.4m across his first three years at the club.

Jones received a pay rise in 2015, earning £74,000 per week and £3.9m per year, totalling £11.7m until 2017.

He then couped his third and final salary shift at United in 2018, earning £110,000 per week in the five years since.

Annually, he cost the club £5.7m from 2018 to the present day, accumulating to an eye-watering £28.5m across five years.

That is made even madder by the fact that since he signed his latest contract in February 2019, Jones has made just 21 appearances.

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Of those, just 13 have come in the Premier League, while he’s played four games in Europe and four in domestic cups.

It works out to just over £300,000 per appearance since he put pen to paper on a new deal under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Overall, since Ferguson recruited him in 2011, Jones is thought to have been paid at least £42.1m by United on his salary alone.

A player of his longevity at the club would usually be owed a testimonial at Old Trafford.

However, Jones has previously admitted he rejected the opportunity over the fear that ‘no one would show up’.

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