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City are eager to hold onto Stones despite talk of summer departure

 

By Staff Reporter

Manchester City have no intention of selling John Stones this summer, despite rumours.

Reports have claimed the Premier League champions would consider selling the England defender, whose game time in the second half of the season has been limited by injury and increased competition for places.

But it is understood City are happy with the progress the 23-year-old centre-back has made under Pep Guardiola and do not want to lose him.

Stones, a £47.5m signing from Everton two years ago, impressed in the first half of City's title-winning campaign but has not featured regularly since suffering a hamstring injury in November.

He has since had knee and concussion problems and is sidelined with an abductor strain. The £57m signing of Aymeric Laporte in January has also reduced opportunities.

Guardiola consistently speaks highly of Stones and expressed hope at the weekend he would be fit before the end of the season.

He said: "Hopefully he can play the last games and get to the World Cup. He will be fine."

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