PHIL JONES insists he wants to stay at Manchester United and is ready to fight for his place in the first-team, amid departure rumours
The England international has been crocked with a knee injury for nearly a year.
But the 24-year-old is back in action after featuring against Swansea and Arsenal in successive league games.
The former Blackburn ace has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford.
However, Jones claims he’s ready to battle for a regular staring spot under Jose Mourinho.
“It is awful being injured but as a footballer you can’t feel sorry for yourself, go into a little hole and never come out of your home,” he told the Manchester Evening News.
“You have got to go about your day as you would normally, work hard in training and I have worked to get back to where I am now.
“I want to stay here and I want to play more games.
“I have worked hard on my fitness, it has been tough mentally for me and it has been so frustrating.
“I can’t put into words how frustrating it has been, but that is behind me and I want to move forward to play as many games as I can.
“I wanted to make sure that I was 100 per cent right going into the first game.
“I was fit for a good few weeks before the Swansea game with training, and it was the training that I needed, but you can never replicate the game.
“Training and games are two different things, – the Reds £17m signing explained.
“The Premier League is so quick and sharp these days. It is games that I need and hopefully I can keep getting them.
“I am ready to play but I think I have also got to look after myself as well and think right. If I do feel something then I am honest. But I am ready, I am fit and ready to play.
“I am just as hungry as anyone else. I want to play, I want to fight for this club and I will do that until somebody tells me to stop.”