manchester united tie down key defender phil jones

06:31    09 Feb 2019

Phil Jones
English football powerhouse Manchester United have announced that Phil Jones has signed a new contract on Friday.

The deal which will keep the hard-tackling defender at the club until June 2023, with the option to extend for a further year.

Jones, who was part of the United team that won the 2012/13 English Premier League (EPL) title, is pleased to have extended his stay with the club.

“I am delighted to have signed a new contract. Manchester United has been a big part of my life for eight years and I love everything about this club," he said.

Trentin sprints to morale boosting win

Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) powered over the finish line to win stage 2 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana on Thursday.

The 29-year-old has dealt with a lot of adversity of late, but overcame all his injury problems to kick-start 2019 with a bang.

"You had to come out of that last corner in first place if you wanted to win," Trentin said in the aftermath.

Courtois ready for hostile reception

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois expects nothing but a hostile welcome when Los Blancos take on crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid in LaLiga on Saturday.

The 26-year-old emerged as one of the world's best goalkeepers in his time on-loan at Atletico from Chelsea. The Belgium international has since starred for the Blues and returned to Madrid - but now plies his trade for Real.

Courtois was pivotal to Atletico's success between 2011-14, winning the LaLiga, Europe League, Copa Del Rey and UEFA Super Cup trophy in his time at the club. He also lost to Real in the final of the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League as an Atleti player.

"It happens in football, it's a derby and a derby here in Madrid is always heated," Courtois said in build-up to the match at the Wanda Metropolitano.

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