Jonny Evans has signed a new contract with Manchester United keeping him at the club until June 2016 saying that the club is “the place that I want play”
Speaking with manutd.com Evans said:
“It’s nice to get a new contract, it does give you extra security but the club could still decide to sell me in the summer if they want! I don’t think it means an awful lot these days.
“But I’m delighted with it. It gives me the security that I need. It’s the place that I want to play. I love the club. It’s 10 years since I moved across the water to join this club and I am delighted to extend my stay.”
Jonny Evans made his debut for Manchester United five years ago and Sir Alex Ferguson feels the opportunity is there at the club for Evans to dominate in the heart of the United’s defence for years to come.
“He’s played 141 games for us and that’s more or less established in my eyes, but he’s still a young centre-back and should play for the next 10 years. Hopefully that’s at United.”
“Jonny was at the school of excellence in Belfast and has been with us ages, he always had that talent. In fact, when he was a youngster I wasn’t sure if he was a midfielder or centre back as he’s such a good footballer. But I think he fought his way into that [position] last year. When he and Rio played consistently our results improved.”
In the past 18-months Jonny Evans has made the most appearances than any other centre-back at the club and regular football has been key to his current form, Evans said:
“As every game and season goes by, I’m improving, as long as I feel I’m doing that I feel I can contribute as part of the squad. I really feel I am part of it. I don’t feel like a youngster anymore who is coming to fill in the gaps or get the odd game here and there. I want to be competing for a place every week.
“Since I came back from Sunderland, in most of the seasons I’ve had 30 starts, plus substitute appearances. There was only one season in there where I didn’t make as many as I had planned. I’ve always felt I’ve had plenty of game time. You do have to be patient. Just look at the squad.
“There are so many players having to be patient in all sorts of positions. I don’t just think it is the defensive positions at this club. It’s all over the squad. The manager is good at rotating things. He always seems to find time for players to get their match time.”