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.”