Officials at the Etihad Stadium are currently engaged in discussions with John Stones regarding the extension of his contract with Manchester City. According to a recent report, the £47.5 million-valued player’s existing agreement is set to conclude in 2026.
The 29-year-old has significantly contributed to Manchester City’s playing style in recent seasons, particularly during the successful Treble-winning campaign of 2022–23. Despite previous periods of being out of favor under Guardiola and facing a potential exit in 2020, Stones has evolved into an essential element of Manchester City’s gameplay due to his composed ball-handling skills and versatility.
Fernandinho praised Stones as “amazing,” solidifying his reputation as one of the premier center-backs globally. His adaptability was prominently displayed last season, switching adeptly between center-back, right-back, and even a double pivot, significantly impacting City’s triumphant Treble performance.
Although primarily a center-back, the former Barnsley and Everton player has seamlessly transitioned into one of the most composed players in midfield across Europe. Under Pep Guardiola’s guidance, John Stones has taken on various roles, including that of a defensive midfielder and occasionally operating as a right-back.
Previously, Stones excelled alongside Ruben Dias in a formidable central defensive partnership for Manchester City. His transformation and pivotal role within the squad have prompted discussions for a contract extension to acknowledge his significance and development under Guardiola, aiming to secure his future at the Etihad Stadium.
Should Stones commit to a new contract with Manchester City, he is expected to join the club’s highest earners, alongside the likes of Erling Haaland, Phil Foden, Rodri, Josko Gvardiol, Ruben Dias, Akanji, Jack Grealish, Ake, and Julian Alvarez, who saw a doubling of their wages in March.
As per Football Transfers’ Steve Kay, Manchester City are currently in talks with Stones for a contract extension, potentially ensuring the England international’s stay at the Etihad Stadium until at least 2027.
Reportedly, discussions with Stones are a follow-up to an agreement reached during his previous extension in 2021, indicating that talks for a further deal would take place in the 2023–24 season. Guardiola holds Stones in high regard, emphasizing the Catalan coach’s keenness to secure the versatile defender’s long-term commitment to the club.
Since joining Manchester City from Everton in 2016 for a substantial fee of £47.5 million, John Stones ranks as the second-longest-serving member of the squad after Kevin De Bruyne. He continues to show improvement and growth, emerging as one of the team’s prominent leaders and top performers.
Barring concerns regarding his injury record, there’s a strong indication that a player like Stones, whose performance isn’t solely reliant on physical attributes, will maintain his upward trajectory without decline.