Phil Jones wants to stay at Manchester United despite interest from Stoke City, according to the Guardian.
United have rejected several inquiries this summer for Jones as Mourinho’s position remains that the central defender is a key part of his defence.
The 24-year-old was highly-rated by former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and current England manager Sam Allardyce when he made his breakthrough at Blackburn, but has been hampered by injuries since his arrival at Old Trafford in June 2011.
Jones only made 10 Premier League appearances in 2015/16, with an ankle problem sustained in January ultimately ending his campaign.
Jones was a young player coming through at Blackburn Rovers when Stoke’s manager, Mark Hughes, and assistant manager, Mark Bowen, were playing at Ewood Park. Bowen admitted Stoke’s interest in Jones on Monday, claiming the club could help the 24-year-old get his career back on track.
“I remember Sam Allardyce talking about him when he broke through and said he was the new Duncan Edwards,” Bowen told the Stoke Sentinel. “He did well as a youngster, got the big move, but it hasn’t worked out for him there.
“I don’t know how close we are or how far down the line it’s gone. He’s played the majority of his career at centre-half, but in his younger days he went into midfield as well.
“I don’t know what’s gone wrong, but he’s gone from even a player Fergie was talking about as being someone who could have been one of the greats. But we have a bit of reputation for bringing players like that into this set up and then thriving. Fingers crossed, something may happen.”