Michael O'Neill makes Jonny Evans assertion as Manchester United star's future set to be resolved

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Michael O'Neill feels Jonny Evans future may be dependant on what happens at Manchester United. The 36-year-old is preparing to face Manchester City in Saturday's FA Cup final, in what could be his final game for the club.

Evans' future is still unresolved with his current deal at Old Trafford set to come to an end. The centreback would be keen to extend his stay at the club with a decision due to be made after the FA Cup final.

Evans will join up with Northern Ireland at the start of June for the friendly double-header against Spain and Andorra. International boss O'Neill is hoping the experienced continues to play on and believes there will be plenty of interested parties in Evans if he does leave United.

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“It’s difficult to say [what will happen]," said O'Neill. "I will have that conversation with Jonny in Spain. I think it may be determined by what happens at Manchester United.

“But you can’t tell what way these things will go. I think Jonny has done himself no harm this season as he has been an important player for Manchester United in a difficult season, a team that has had a lot of challenges.

“There are a lot of managers out there that would love to have Jonny Evans at their club. You don’t know what opportunities will be presented to players. From my point of view, I want to see Jonny continue to play for club and country.”

Evans made his Northern Ireland debut in the famous 3-2 win over Spain at Windsor Park in September 2006. O'Neill revealed he gave Evans the choice of skipping the two games in June after a tough season but the United man was having none of it.

“Jonny has had to manage an injury throughout the season," said O'Neill. "He has put the team before himself at times this year, playing when maybe not 100%. He now has the FA Cup final to look forward too. I gave Jonny the choice to skip this, but he said he wanted to be involved and wanted to play.”

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