John Stones to be handed new Man City contract after regaining Etihad spot
John Stones’ resurgence at Manchester City is set to land him a new contract.
The England man has regained his place in Pep Guardiola’s first-team after the best part of a year stuck on the fringes.
And that timely return to form – Stones has started the last four Premier League games – has convinced the club’s hierarchy he is worth keeping in the long-term.
The ex-Everton and Barnsley star, 26. will have a year left on his current deal when this season ends.
At the start of the campaign, Stones’ future at the Etihad looked bleak as he struggled to even get a look-in under Guardiola.
However, the £47.5million centre-half, who has also been left out by England boss Gareth Southgate over the last 16 months, has fought back to become a vital part of City’s mean rearguard.
Manager Guardiola recently hailed Stones’ mental strength and character after a man-of-the-match display in the win at Southampton made it five clean sheets in a row for his side.
Meanwhile, City starlet Jayden Braaf is set to follow Jadon Sacho’s lead – and join Borussia Dortmund in the summer.
The Dutch winger, 18, is unhappy at not breaking into the senior squad and is intent on leaving for the Bundesliga club – just as England ace Sancho did back in 2017.
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