The Manchester United striker has praised the England Under-21 defender on Twitter but was quick to point out that he has no knowledge of whether the deal has been completed
Jones is expected to complete his £16 million transfer after undergoing a medical at Manchester United’s Carrington training ground today.
“Phil jones is a good young English player. 1 of the toughest defenders I played against last season. Can play midfield to,” Rooney posted on his official Twitter page.
However, Rooney quickly distanced himself from any insinuation that a deal was done.
“I don't know if phil jones is signing for us just saying he is a good player that's all. I haven't got a clue if he is signing or not," added Rooney.
The 19-year-old centre-half, who has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs including Arsenal and Liverpool has opted for the champions and will compete for a place in the United starting eleven with Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Jonny Evans and fellow England Under-21 international Chris Smalling.