The £47.5 million transfer of John Stones from Everton to Manchester City has been one of the high-profile deals of the summer, with the player becoming the second most expensive defender of all time behind PSG’s David Luiz. The 22-year-old centre-back was repeatedly linked with a move to Chelsea, and Stones has now gone on the record to state he’s glad the switch to Stamford Bridge was never completed.
Chelsea submitted a total of three bids for Stones last summer, with the Blues keen on improving their disappointing defence, and offering up to £30 million for the player’s services. However, Everton were reluctant to allow the England international to leave following an excellent individual campaign, and resisted all efforts to tempt him away from Goodison Park. Stones was understood to be frustrated at not playing at the top level instantly, but recognises that the delay has actually benefitted his career progression.
Manchester City proved successful in their efforts this summer, with the transfer fee expected to surpass £50 million after add-ons. Stones has now told reporters of his delight at playing under current City boss Pep Guardiola, with the decorated Spaniard often named as one of the best in the business.
The defender praised his manager, stating ‘I suppose what happened turned out to be a blessing in disguise. For me personally, I am now working with the best manager in the world. I’m over the moon to be at City and learning from a manager like Pep Guardiola. Hindsight is a great thing, but it has all worked out perfectly for me in the end.’