The Manchester City fans in the Tavern have been reacting to a story from ESPN FC, that claims John Stones won’t be leaving The Etihad this summer as Pep Guardiola only eyes minor changed to the squad. The story comes in response to an article in The Sun that claimed the ex-Everton man would be allowed to leave Manchester in the coming window.
Contrary to reports (from The Sun), John Stones will not be put up for sale this summer, with Pep Guardiola only wanting to make small changes to his squad, with a new midfielder (Jorginho the main target) and forward. [ESPN FC]
— City Watch (@City_Watch) April 24, 2018
The young centre-back has made 27 appearances for the Citizens this season and has been impressive when he’s played. Stones joined the club after leaving Goodison Park for a huge fee ahead of the 2016/17 season, although a catalogue of individual errors last season saw a number of fans question the signing of the ball-playing defensive figure. The current campaign has been marred by injury for the youngster, who’s currently recovering from a torn abductor muscle.
The current injury has put Stones on a race to be for the World Cup in Russia, but at least whilst he’s injured he doesn’t have to worry about finding a new club. According to reports, the only transfer business Guardiola wants to be involved in are small additions to the squad. Napoli’s Jorginho is one of the Spaniard’s key targets as he targets the Italian and another forward, with no intention of letting his young English defender leave the club. The news will come as a relief to City fans who believe Stones can kick his individual errors and claim himself a place in the Sky Blues’ history.
You can read our local City fans’ verdict on Stones here:
The sun is stupid, John stones had a remarkable 1st half in the season, unlucky to be hampered by a lot of injuries. He just needs to get back his confidence.
— Kushveer singh (@kushveer141) April 24, 2018
We really need a better cm who can replicate sikva (isco,thiago or saul). Buying jorginho is like buying another Gundogan. And cb problems are the reason we're not in the ucl. But I hope pep is right.
— samaine (@FtbILaporte) April 24, 2018
Good job coz if Stones was sold my season ticket would be getting the same treatment 18 game win streak before he got injured and was slowly making his way to being world class!
— Fraudiola (@Fraudiolaa) 24 April 2018
"THE SUN"…… Yet they still exist..
Oh please! Get a new striker.. Jesus has been rubbish this whole season..
— The Vigilante (@TheVigilante76) April 24, 2018
John will NOT be sold, he’s only 23 and improving all the time, i don’t believe any of that nonsense.
— Brad (@BlueMoonMCFC___) 24 April 2018
How can we think of selling a HG player
— dhruv (@Shaggy_Dhruv) April 24, 2018
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We need a Casemiro. We need a spartan to cut the attack and help the defense…
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