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Evans: I’m staying at Manchester United

By Graham Luney

Jonny Evans has insisted he won’t be leaving Manchester United in the summer.

Everton and Sunderland — where the Northern Ireland defender enjoyed two loan spells — are considering making a transfer swoop for the 23-year-old centre-back but the Newtownabbey man told the Belfast Telegraph he has unfinished business at Old Trafford.

It’s been a frustrating campaign for the man who came through the youth set-up at United but a rumoured loan move in December came to nothing and Evans says he’s in the dark about any summer switch.

And he added: “The plan for me is to get back into the Manchester United team and play well. That’s all I’m interested in.”

The impressive performances of Chris Smalling in defence have made life more difficult for Evans at Old Trafford, though Rio Ferdinand’s injury woes refuse to go away.

But Ferguson could also try to use Evans as a makeweight in a deal for Everton’s Jack Rodwell.

Evans will miss the Manchester derby in the FA Cup semi-final on April 16 at Wembley as he serves an automatic three-match ban for his red card following a late challenge on Bolton’s Stuart Holden.

He said: “The suspension has knocked me back a bit but it would be nice to finish the season on a high and to do that I have to earn my place in the United first team and hopefully win trophies.”

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