Rover Jones has split loyalties

The United States international will be nothing more than an
interested spectator when the German giants play host to the Red
Devils in a crucial UEFA Champions League semi-final, first leg. He
could, however, have been playing in the game, having spent the
last four years on the books at the Bundesliga outfit. A difficult
opening to the current campaign under former coach Felix Magath
convinced him that he should try his luck elsewhere, and he
completed a loan switch to Blackburn Rovers in January. The
29-year-old midfielder is enjoying his time at Ewood Park, but
admits it is difficult not to think about what might have been.
Jones told The Sun: “Sometimes I think about it – certainly when I
watch games – I’ve a lot of friends in the team at Schalke. “When
they phone and tell me things like, ‘Yeah, we’re flying to Inter
Milan to play Champions League’, it’s normal for me to think, ‘Ah
hell, I could be playing in that’. “But I made my decision as
things weren’t good with the ex-coach. “I played four games for
Schalke in this competition this season. “With one eye I look to
Schalke and with the other I’m Blackburn. “I want Blackburn to stay
up but I’d love for Schalke to win the Champions League too. I’m
not sure if I’d get a medal, I hope so.” Jones is uncertain what
his future will hold, but admits he would be willing to return to
Schalke over the summer and fight for a place under new boss Ralf
Rangnick. He said: “I think everything is open. I’ve my contract
for three years at Schalke. “I like Germany and to me it’s
important to play Champions League or Europa League but I’ve
enjoyed my time here too.”