Manchester City football club has announce the signing of 22 year old English defender John Stones from Everton for Â£47.5m on a six year contract.
The Club who have been pursuing the Englishman all summer announced today that the player will stay at the Etihad Stadium until at least 2022 and will wear squad number 24, becoming the worldâ€™s second most expensive defender after David Luiz.
Stones said to Man Cityâ€™s official website: â€œIâ€™m absolutely delighted to sign for City and now the dealâ€™s done Iâ€™m looking forward to the next stage in my career.
â€œIâ€™ve obviously seen whatâ€™s going on here at the Etihad, itâ€™s an ambitious Club with a great manager so I canâ€™t wait to get stuck in and help achieve the goals. I know it will be tough getting a place in this team but Iâ€™m determined to become the best player I can be and help us to success. I had a wonderful time with Everton and wish them and their fans all the best but now Iâ€™ll give my all for City.â€
â€˜Iâ€™m shocked, speechless. Itâ€™s been a long day but I canâ€™t really describe how Iâ€™m feeling at the moment. Itâ€™s a bit of mixed emotions and there were a lot of people to tell but itâ€™s just excitement at the moment. I just canâ€™t wait to get going.
Stones spoke about the reason for joining Mancity
â€˜It was the manager, the team, â€˜When I played City I knew they were a good team and I spoke to a lot of the guys that were here like Joe and they wanted me to come. I expressed my feelings that I wanted to come and I want to help the team win trophies.â€™
Manager Pep Guardiola added:
â€œWe want to help John show his quality with us and improve on what he has already achieved. I like the way he plays the game and Iâ€™m looking forward to welcoming him intoÂ the squad.â€
Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain, said:
â€œJohn is an excellent young English defender and we are all really pleased he is joining us. We have worked hard to bring him to City and we feel we are signing one of the best central defenders in Europe.â€