Official: John Stones signs new long term deal at Manchester City
John Stones extends City career
Manchester City and England defender John Stones has penned a new long term contract at Manchester City. The Englishman was a key part of the Citizens title run last season, making 22 appearances and forming a formidable defensive partnership with new signing Ruben Dias.
He’s here to stay! 💪
John Stones has signed a new five-year contract! ✍️💙
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— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 10, 2021
His new contract will keep the 27 year old in Manchester until 2026 and, if he sees it out, will mean he will have spent a decade in the sky blue of Manchester City.
Stones has made 168 appearances for Manchester City to date, and although he was somewhat error-prone before last season, the 2020-21 campaign showed that he has managed to eliminate most of those errors, and has in turn become one of the most effective ball-playing defenders in the league.
What Stones said
Speaking to ManCity.com, Stones revealed his happiness to renew his contract in the north-west of England, saying:
“I couldn’t be happier, 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.
“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.”
Manchester City’s Director of Football Txiki Begiristain was also full of praise for the defender, saying:
“This is great news for our club.
“John is an exceptional footballer and a fantastic defender, whose attributes are well suited to our style of play.
“We knew when we signed him that we were getting a talented centre-back, but he has really matured in his five years here and, as we saw last season, is at the top of his game right now.
“John has been an important part of our recent success and we believe he 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.
Will Stones be able to continue his great form this campaign?