‘I want what’s best for him’: Pep Guardiola decides next month on John Stones’ Manchester City future with defender ready to shine against Newcastle
- Pep Guardiola will decide next month about John Stones’ future in Manchester City
- The center back has struggled for shape and fitness for the past two seasons
- Stones will make a rare start when City face Newcastle on Wednesday
Manchester City will make a decision next month about the future of John Stones, who will make his first Premier League start for six months on Wednesday evening.
The central defender has shown inconsistency in form and fitness for the past two seasons and is eagerly awaiting to discover Pep Guardiola’s plans this summer.
City strives to sign a commanding defender to close the hole left by Vincent Kompany, with Guardiola retaining interest in Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.
The club will decide next month about John Stones’ future in Manchester City
City boss Pep Guardiola says he wants the best for Stones, who is struggling to get fit
Stones will have a chance to stake his claim against Newcastle United on Wednesday night, as he hasn’t played Project Restart for a single minute.
“We’ll talk about what’s going to happen at the end of the season,” said Guardiola. “Sometimes my wish is not the wish of the players. If we have to change, we’ll talk to them. He is a young player and we want him to be consistent, train and recover.
“I’m more than happy with John as a person, as a professional. I want what’s best for him. ‘
The center back will make a rare start when City face Newcastle on Wednesday evening
Guardiola insisted in 2018 that he never sell Stones, but that is now being put to the test. The 26-year-old has started no more than two games in a row since February 2019 and has been struggling with a crisis of confidence for more than a year.
“He has to play for himself and concentrate,” Guardiola added. Nobody here is judged at bad times. John’s quality is there, I never doubted it.
“His behavior is good. Only if you don’t play, you will be turned and injured time and time again. ‘