John Stones was determined to prove himself in Manchester City, despite uncertainty about his future and Eric Garcia’s impressive screenings
- Defender John Stones would like to show that he still has a future for Manchester City
- Stones got off to a rare start, as City beat Newcastle United 5-0 on Monday
- The English international will hold talks with Pep Guardiola next month
John Stones is determined to prove Pep Guardiola’s worth and stay in Manchester City amid doubts about his future.
The 26-year-old started his first Premier League game on Wednesday since January, a 5-0 demolition of Newcastle, and will be in talks with Guardiola next month.
City wants to draw at least one defender this summer, endangering the places of the existing middle halves.
John Stones is determined to prove he can still have a future in Manchester City
“Sometimes my wish is not the wish of the players or the wish of the club,” said Guardiola earlier this week.
Stones, not considering a switch, cost £ 47.5 million from Everton four years ago and was a standout artist when City garnered 100 points in their first title-winning campaign under Guardiola.
But the English international has struggled for fitness and form over the past two seasons, with gnawing muscle injuries disrupting his progress.
The central defender will talk to manager Pep Guardiola about his future next month
City is determined to keep the talented youngster Eric Garcia with the club for a long time
Stones paid a lot of attention to watching videos of his game, identifying areas for improvement and charting a route back to the team, before suffering a minor injury almost immediately after returning to training.
That kept him offside for City’s first three games of Project Restart, in which the younger Eric Garcia excelled alongside Aymeric Laporte.
City wants Garcia to stay at the Etihad Stadium, with his former club Barcelona eager to re-sign the 19-year-old.
However, Garcia is said to be excited about his potential future under Guardiola, having been given a number of opportunities in recent weeks. “Eric never makes defensive mistakes,” Guardiola said. “He knows we want him.”