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Stones extends Man City contract to 2026

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Manchester City’s John Stones celebrates after scoring against Manchester United in the League Cup semifinals on Wednesday in Manchester, England. PHOTO: POOL / VIA REUTERS


John Stones has signed a four-year contract extension that will keep him tied to Manchester City till 2026, the Premier League champions announced on Tuesday.

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The new deal rewards Stones, who joined the club from Everton in a £47.5million ($66 million) deal in 2016, for a past year in which he has rejuvenated his career for club and country.

The 27-year-old formed a formidable partnership with Ruben Dias as Pep Guardiola’s men cruised to a third league title in four years and reached the Champions League final last season and Stones also started all of England’s matches at Euro 2020 as the Three Lions reached a major final for the first time in 55 years.

“I couldn’t be happier. I love being part of this squad. There are so many quality players here and I know we can continue winning trophies, which is my main focus,” said Stones.

“Working with the manager is a dream – he has taught me so much about the game and I feel like I learn something new every single day.

“The success we’ve had in the last four years has been incredible. To be a part of it has been a dream come true and I just want to continue winning.

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“This is the best place for me to play my football and fulfil my ambitions.”

Stones fell down the pecking the order at the Etihad during the 2019-20 campaign and appeared to be facing an uncertain future last summer when City spent a then club-record fee on Dias.

However, he won a battle with Aymeric Laporte to partner the Portuguese at the heart of the City defence as 19 clean sheets in 27 games between November and February helped open up a commanding lead at the top of the table.

City director of football Txiki Begiristain said: “This is great news for our club. John is an exceptional footballer and a fantastic defender, whose attributes are well suited to our style of play.

“We knew when we signed him that we were getting a talented centre-back, but he has really matured in his five years here and, as we saw last season, is at the top of his game right now.”

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