Monday 24 October 2016

Stones delight as City continue to splash cash

John Stones. Photo: PA Wire
John Stones. Photo: PA Wire

Manchester City have spent a record transfer fee for a British defender by signing John Stones from Everton for £47.5million.

The 22-year-old has become City's eighth signing of the summer by penning a six-year deal at the Etihad Stadium, joining the likes of Ilkay Gundogan, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus in Pep Guardiola's first transfer window.

The move was confirmed yesterday, shortly after Stones had been included in City's Champions League squad list on UEFA's official website.

It's believed that the figure makes the Yorkshireman the second most expensive defender of all time - behind only Paris St Germain's David Luiz.

"I just rang my mum and all of family and said, 'I can't believe that I'm here, playing for such a big club, the best manager in the world'. It just all seems so surreal," Stones said on City TV.

"It will take me a few weeks to settle in and get my head around everything, but I'm super excited."

Stones, who has been capped on 10 occasions by England, leaves Everton after making 95 appearances in three and a half years having moved from Barnsley for £3million in January 2013.

The Toffees rejected repeated bids from Chelsea last summer for Stones, the last of which amounted to £30million, when new Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was at the Stamford Bridge helm.

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