Pep Guardiola’s latest acquisition, John Stones, has revealed that he spoke to Joe Hart and Raheem Sterling prior to his £47.5 million move from Everton to Manchester City.
The 22-year-old full-back completed his transfer yesterday, and is now the most expensive English defender in the history of football – passing Luke Shaw’s previous record of £30 million.
The former Everton man revealed in one of his first interviews with the Citizens that he was convinced by Joe Hart and Raheem Sterling to join the club. The England pair told Stones that he was “needed” in Manchester.
Stones said: “They said, ‘We need you. We want you here and with all the boys here, you’ll settle in quick’. They didn’t try to persuade me too much — I was kind of sold [on the move] already — but we get along so well I’m sure when we’re in training, it’ll feel like home.
“I’ve spoken to a lot of the boys here, like Joe, and they wanted me to come. I expressed my feelings that I wanted to come and obviously the manager was a big part of that. I want to come and help the team and help win trophies.”
John also mentioned that he is looking forward to working under Pep Guardiola’s leadership this season, as he believes that Guardiola is the right man to aid his development at the moment.
“I hope he can bring out everything in me. I always know that there’s a lot of improvement for my game personally,” Stones revealed.
“It’s 110 percent the right decision to play under him and I’m so thankful that I’m getting the opportunity to come here and play with the best and improve day in, day out.”
John Stones became Manchester City’s sixth addition of the summer. The 22-year-old is also eligible to represent City in their Champions League qualifying matches.
Guardiola will be hoping to challenge for the title this season, after the Citizens only managed a fourth spot finish last season.