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John Stones signs contract extension at Manchester City until 2026

The 26-year-old England defender joined the club in 2016.

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John Stones has signed a new contract at Manchester City (Peter Powell/PA)

John Stones has signed a new contract at Manchester City (Peter Powell/PA)

John Stones has signed a new contract at Manchester City (Peter Powell/PA)

John Stones has signed a four-year contract extension at Manchester City, the Premier League champions have announced.

The England defender, who joined the club from Everton in a £47.5million deal in 2016, is now committed to City until 2026.

The new deal rewards Stones for a past year in which he has rejuvenated his career, moving from the periphery of Pep Guardiola’s side to playing a key role in their latest title success.

Stones said: “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.

“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.

I couldn’t be happier. I love being part of this squad.John Stones

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

Stones fell down the pecking the order during the 2019-20 campaign and appeared to be facing an uncertain future last summer.

Yet he remained at the club and took full advantage of opportunities early last season to reclaim a place in the side. He went on to form a solid partnership with Ruben Dias as City regained the Premier League crown.

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Manchester City’s John Stones (right) has formed a fine defensive partnership with Ruben Dias (Shaun Botterill/PA)

Manchester City’s John Stones (right) has formed a fine defensive partnership with Ruben Dias (Shaun Botterill/PA)

Manchester City’s John Stones (right) has formed a fine defensive partnership with Ruben Dias (Shaun Botterill/PA)

His performances earned him an England recall and he was a firm fixture in the side that reached the Euro 2020 final this summer.

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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