Manchester City defender, John Stones has signed a new long-term contract to stay at the club until June 2026.
Having graduated through Barnsley’s youth academy into the senior squad in 2011, Stones joined Everton in January 2013, prior to his switch to City in August 2016 in a £47.5m deal and has gone on to score 10 goals in 168 appearances across all competitions, as well as win eight trophies.
Speaking on his decision to commit his long-term future to City and continue playing under Pep Guardiola, Stones said: “I love being part of this squad. There are so many quality players here and I know we can continue winning trophies, which is my main focus.
“Working with the manager is a dream – he has taught me so much about the game and I feel like I learn something new every single day.”
Looking ahead to the future whilst reflecting on his success so far including three Premier League titles, Stones revealed that there is just one target in mind, commenting: “The success we’ve had in the last four years has been incredible. To be a part of it has been a dream come true and I just want to continue winning.
“This is the best place for me to play my football and fulfil my ambitions.”
Man City’s Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain meanwhile hailed Stones’ decision to sign a new deal as “great news” for the club moving forward.
Begiristain proceeded to pay tribute to the 27 year-old as he said: “John is an exceptional footballer and a fantastic defender, whose attributes are well suited to our style of play.”
Looking back to when City first signed Stones five years ago, Begiristain reflected that the England defender has developed and “has really matured in his five years here and, as we saw last season, is at the top of his game right now.”
Begiristain also hailed Stones as “an important part of our recent success” and iterated his belief that Stones is the right player who “can continue to help us achieve our goals, so for him to commit his best years to us is a major boost for the club.”