Official: Manchester City sign John Stones on a six-year deal

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Manchester City have signed John Stones from Everton on a six-year contract. The England international was City’s primary transfer target this summer and with just days before the season commences, City have finally signed Stones. His current deal will keep him at the Etihad Stadium until at least 2022.

According to the press this morning, the fee for John Stones will be a total of £47million with £5million of that fee going to be paid via add-ons. His former club Barnsley will receive 15% of the £47million after they included his sell-on clause during his sale to Everton in January 2013.

Stones, who will take squad number 24, becomes City’s eighth signing of the 2016 summer transfer window. That move now takes City’s summer spending near the £160 million mark – beating the previous record of £143million last summer.

Stones spoke to City TV regarding the move:  “I’m 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 very good time with Everton and wished them and their fans all the best, but now I’ll give my all for City.”

Stones wasn’t the only one delighted with his signing as Director of Football Txiki Begiristain spoke of his satisfaction about completing the deal for Stones. “John is an excellent young English defender, and we are all pleased he is joining us. We have worked hard to bring him to City, and we feel we are signing one of the best central defenders in Europe.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola confirmed that the defender was ideal for the club. “We want to help John 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.”

 

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