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21/06/2011 09:41

Papers: Jones braced for battle

Simon Bird writes in The Mirror...

Jones' Small world
Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have vowed to show Manchester United their England U21 promise. The Old Trafford pair were a rare bright spot in the early exit of Stuart Pearce’s side. Jones is expecting an imminent phone call from his new boss Sir Alex Ferguson about the demands on him next season. But he is relishing the challenge, and alongside the excellent Smalling they are confident of “taking their chances” in the first team. Jones said: “I have got to go home first, go on a few holidays and chill out for a little bit. Hopefully I will get a call from the gaffer and I’m looking forward to that. Everyone knows United are one of the biggest clubs on the planet. It’s a massive move for me and I just can’t wait to get started. It’s a massive challenge. The gaffer has shown he is not afraid to put young faces in the team. When I get the chance I am confident I will take it.”

Although it's a quieter day for transfer speculation, there is talk of a trans-Pennine move for Tomasz Kuszczak. According to The Times, the Pole is "among the options for Leeds United, who have agreed to sell Kasper Schmeichel to Leicester City for £1.5million."

The Daily Star claims French club Paris Saint-Germain are willing to pay £10million for Dimitar Berbatov, while the Daily Mail says Barcelona are unwilling to match the £27million reportedly offered by United and Manchester City for Alexis Sanchez. However, the same paper suggests the Chilean star still wants to go to Camp Nou and his representative is in talks with his current club Udinese to facilitate his favoured transfer.

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