NEC: United will give Jones chance
By Gerrit van Leeuwen
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ron De Groot admits David Jones's future depends on Man United's signings.
NEC Nijmegen coach Ron De Groot admits David Jones's future depends on the midfielders Sir Alex Ferguson signs for Manchester United in the summer.
Speaking to the local media, De Groot hinted there could be other options regarding loan arrivals from Old Trafford if Jones does stay put in Manchester.
The former youth team captain impressed in De Eredivisie after also doing well in a loan stint at Preston.
"Manchester United will get him back to England," said De Groot. "They want to give him a chance in the pre-season.
"As there will come a moment when they sign new players for the midfield, there is a big chance he will return to us.
"But if they need him more there, then he will stay in England.
"It's currently unknown what their plans are with those five guys who are currently playing in Antwerp [more loanees at United's feeder club in Belgium].
"Furthermore, I can't mention any names with players we are currently talking with. Then you can always get the question later on why such a player hasn't been signed."
De Groot admits Arsenal's signing of 15-year-old Nacer Barazite, as reported some time ago on skysports.com, is a blow to NEC.
"I think the football academy is a good benefit for us," he continued.
"You just have to take a look at the boy who is leaving us for Arsenal.
"Of course it's a big loss for our club but you can see our academy has a good name."
Meanwhile, NEC have announced they will play Premiership side Aston Villa in a pre-season friendly on August 8.