Tuesday 24 April 2018

Stones targets 'special' future with City after £47.5m deal

New Manchester City signing John Stones Picture: PA
New Manchester City signing John Stones Picture: PA

James Ducker

John Stones has predicted a "special" future for Manchester City after completing a protracted £47.5m move from Everton yesterday to become the most expensive defender in history.

The England centre-half has signed a six-year contract that will tie him to the Etihad until June 2022. Everton will receive an additional £1.25m in the event City win the Champions League while Stones is at the club and a second payment of the same amount if they repeat the feat - a deal that means the Toffees could yet earn the £50m fee they demanded but which City were unwilling to pay upfront.

Barnsley - from whom Stones joined Everton for £2.25m in 2013 - will receive a windfall of £6.79m after negotiating a 15pc sell-on clause on the profit of any future sale at the time of the defender's departure.

City will also hope that Stones succeeds where so many centre-halves have failed, including the much-maligned Eliaquim Mangala who was signed for £42m from Porto in 2014 and who is now likely to depart.

Since Vincent Kompany's arrival from Hamburg for £6m in 2008, the club has spent more than £193m on nine central defenders, including Stones but discounting academy recruits Karim Rekik and Jason Denayer.

Kompany's persistent injury problems could heighten pressure on Stones to hit the ground running under new manager Pep Guardiola, with the new boy in line for his debut at home to Sunderland on Saturday evening. But Stones is confident of delivering quickly.

"It's a new chapter for me personally but an exciting time for City," he said. "Hopefully we can get off to a good start. I'd love to help the team win titles." (© Daily Telegraph, London)


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