Former Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara has insisted John Stones could move to Real Madrid after seeing his playing time reduced at Manchester City.
Speaking to TalkSPORT, O’Hara claimed Stones is good enough for a big-money move to Spain with the Galacticos, going on to say that the defender has more than proved his footballing ability whilst with City – but now he’s ‘finished’ there.
The Englishman played a huge role in City’s treble-winning season last year, starting 25 games alongside Aymeric Laporte before the run-in where legend Vincent Kompany was preferred as the centre-back option.
Stones’ playing time at City has been reduced slightly more this season, with the defender missing most games so far through injury, making his first appearance in a sky blue shirt on Tuesday night since the 3-2 defeat away to Norwich.
He has clocked just 191 minutes in the Premier League so far this year.
Despite coming on during the 5-1 victory over Atalanta, O’Hara has still insisted that the 25-year-old’s time is up with the Premier League champions.
“I really like him, but I think he’s finished there [at Man City],” explained the pundit.
“For me, I think he’s done, I would look at him and say ‘why wouldn’t he go to Real Madrid?’ – they’ve got Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, but Ramos is coming to the end and they’re struggling defensively.
“Stones, I think, will suit a team like Real Madrid and be a world-class player again – he’s lost his way at Man City.”
When asked about what options he could potentially have in England, including O’Hara’s former rivals Arsenal, the ex-Tottenham midfielder hinted that Stones is far too good for the Gunners.
“No, I don’t think he would go to Arsenal.
“He would walk into their back four but I think he’s too good for Arsenal – I rate John Stones, I really like him, he’s had his mistakes, he’s had his injuries. but for me, he’s still potentially a world-class centre-half.”
With City’s current injury crisis, despite Stones previously not playing much so far this campaign, it’s fair to say the England international will may his chance to shine for Guardiola’s side in the coming months.
And with that, he may give onlookers a chance to assess his credentials should another team fancy taking Stones from a team he is supposedly ‘finished’ at.
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