City defender hopeful on new deal
Pep Guardiola has been told John Stones wants to underline his commitment by signing a new long-term deal at the Etihad.
The Manchester City boss is still hoping his club can beat rivals Manchester United to the signature of Leicester City central defender Harry Maguire although the Citizens are refusing to meet his £80m-plus valuation.
That could well change if Nicolas Otamendi secures a return to former club Valencia in the near future as it would leave Guardiola short on the defensive front.
However, one player who has no intention of quitting is Stones despite being sidelined towards the end of City’s successful title run-in last season.
The classy Barnsley-born star has enjoyed his time since making a £50m move from Everton three seasons ago, winning two Premier League titles, two League Cups and one one FA Cup.
Stones has two years left on his existing contract and is eyeing more success and further developing his game under the watchful eye of Guardiola.
It’s understood City are aware of some of his personal problems off the field earlier this year – splitting up from his long-term partner – but both are on the same page when it comes to opening talks on nailing the player down for his peak years.