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Phil Jones: I’ve been through difficult moments in last couple of years

West Ham United manager David Moyes has identified Manchester United defender Phil Jones as one of his priority transfer targets.

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has recounted some of the difficult moments he went through in the last couple of years.

Jones, who missed the entirety of last season with a knee issue and last played for United’s first team in January 2020 in the FA Cup third round, told the club’s website, that it was tough for him to handle.

Jones also said he was disappointed by criticism from former team-mate Rio Ferdinand, who last month called him “a waste of time”

Thankfully, I see the light at the end of the tunnel now, and I’ve been back training, played a few behind-closed-doors games and I’m feeling really good at the minute. It’s so good to be back out training with the lads and enjoying being a footballer again because, for the last 15 months, it’s been all ‘daddy day care’ and not much football.

“I kept myself in great shape over lockdown and came back. But I remember just training out here [Carrington] and going in to the doc and saying ‘enough is enough’. Unfortunately, there was going to be time off the pitch, which I knew was going to be difficult for me, but it was something that I had to do.

“Obviously, I’ve been through hell and back over the last couple of years. I struggled with my knee a little bit and [there] came a point after lockdown where I thought enough was enough.”

“It was the lowest I’ve ever been as a human being. I used to come back [from United’s training ground] and be in bits. My head was an absolute mess. I’d be in tears. I’d say to [wife] Kaya, ‘I don’t know what to do.’ I remember us both crying.”

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