Phil Jones confident his skills are perfect match for the Premier League ahead of Manchester United switch

Young defender claims his style of play is well suited to Premier League football and admits to following potential new team-mate Rio Ferdinand on his way to the top
Phil Jones has revealed how following England's top centre-backs has made him the confident player he is today.

Jones is set to complete a £16 million move to Old Trafford and the 19-year-old believes he is perfectly suited to the big stage, with his style of football matching the demands of the Premier League.

The young Blackburn Rovers stopper has already been compared to current United defender Rio Ferdinand. Like Jones, Ferdinand played in midfield early in his career and has a reputation for being confident on the ball as well as confident taking it from opponents.

Jones told The Sun: "I think England is the best league for me, for my style of play. Hopefully, I can stay in the Premier League for my whole career.

"I've always said I aspire to follow the likes of John Terry, Michael Dawson and Rio Ferdinand. I always watch what they do and try and learn from them.

"Defending isn't just about tackling and heading, it's also about getting the ball down and playing - starting the attack from the back."

Jones has already become a key part of Blackburn's team, his absence coincided with their fall down the table and his return was seen as a key factor behind their Premier League survival.

He stated: "I feel better than I did when I was playing well before the injury and I came back stronger and fitter than I ever was."

Jones is preparing to feature in the Under-21 European Championships in Denmark this summer, although his move to Old Trafford could see him competing for a senior place very soon, which is the player's ambition.

"I'm going away this summer with the Under-21s and that's a massive honour for me to represent my country," said Jones.

"I really want to play for England's senior team."

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