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City sign John Stones

NEW BOY: Stones becomes eighth summer signing

NEW BOY: Stones becomes eighth summer signing

Manchester City are delighted to announce the permanent transfer of John Stones from Everton. England defender becomes eighth signing of summer transfer window.

The England international defender has signed a six-year deal which will keep him at the Etihad Stadium until at least 2022.

Stones becomes City’s eighth signing of the 2016 summer transfer window, following in the footsteps of Ilkay Gundogan, Nolito, Aleksandar Zinchenko, Aaron Mooy, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Marlos Moreno.

The 22-year old told ManCity.com: "I'm absolutely delighted to sign for City and now the deal's done I'm looking forward to the next stage in my career.

"I've obviously seen what's going on here at the Etihad, it's an ambitious Club with a great manager so I can't wait to get stuck in and help achieve the goals.

"I know it will be tough getting a place in this team but I'm determined to become the best player I can be and help us to success.

"I had a wonderful time with Everton and wish them and their fans all the best but now I'll give my all for City."

His new manager Pep Guardiola expressed his delight at the club’s latest capture.

Guardiola said: “John is young player with great technical ability, he's a strong defender who can also make passes and set up good possession and offensive play.

"We feel we can help him show his quality with us and improve on what he has already achieved.

"I like the way he plays the game and I'm looking forward to welcoming him into the squad."

Seen as one of the world’s most promising centre backs, over three years at Everton, Stones has built a reputation as a ball-playing, 21st century defender, equally adept at neutralising opposition attacks as launching the first key pass out of the defensive third.  

Stones represented England at u19, u20 and u21 level before making his senior international debut on 30 May 2014 in a 3-0 friendly victory over Peru at Wembley.

He made his competitive debut for the Three Lions in the Euro 2016 qualifying opener against Switzerland where Roy Hodgson’s side got off to the perfect start with a 2-0 away win and John was included in the squad for the finals this summer, though he didn’t add to his ten international caps in France.

Rising up from the youth ranks at his hometown club Barnsley, Stones went on to make his professional debut for the Tykes against Reading on 17 March 2011, going on to make 28 appearances in total for the South Yorkshire side.

A maturity beyond his years was evident in these first steps up the professional ladder, prompting Everton to snap him up on a five-and-a-half-year deal on the final day of the 2013 January transfer window.

Stones didn’t make his senior debut for the Toffees until the following season when, on 28 August 2013, he appeared in the League Cup win over Stevenage and his Premier League bow followed a month later as a late substitute in their 1-0 victory against Chelsea.

That was one of 26 games he took part in during the 2013/14 season and he made two more than that in 2014/15, scoring his first Premier League goal against Manchester United in April 2015 towards the end of a season in which he earned a nomination for Europe’s “Golden Boy” award – a title that eventually went to his new teammate, Raheem Sterling.

Last season proved to be a real breakthrough campaign for Stones as he made 41 appearances in all competitions for the Goodison Park outfit.

Stones joins fellow England internationals Joe Hart, Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling at the Etihad Stadium.

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