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30/06/2011 10:31, Report by Nick Coppack
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Jones for the top

Gary Neville is convinced Phil Jones has what it takes to be a future Manchester United captain.

The young defender will officially become a Red on Friday 1 July and Neville, a veteran of 602 appearances over 19 seasons, believes Jones has a long career ahead of him at Old Trafford.

“I think this lad’s going to be a star, I really do,” Neville told The New Paper in Singapore.

“I think he’s going to be somebody who could potentially be a captain of Manchester United in the future. He looks really solid and he’s somebody who can be a huge player for the club for the next 10 years.”

Jones caught the eye with a string of top performances for Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League over the last two seasons and has also shone for England at Under-21 level.

“There’s a lot of potential there and the performances he’s put in over the last two years have been outstanding, particularly against us,” Neville said. “For a 19-year-old that’s excellent. He’s a great signing for us.”

Jones was the first of United’s three summer signings so far, with the club also agreeing deals with Aston Villa for Ashley Young and Atletico Madrid for David de Gea.

Neville isn’t convinced the spending will stop there, though. He told The New Paper that he’s expecting at least one more signing.

“I think the manager will sign a central midfielder because of Owen Hargreaves leaving and Paul Scholes retiring,” he said.

As for who that player might be, Gary admits he doesn’t have a clue, just as he has always been kept in the dark around transfers.

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