Guardiola on John Stones: ‘We’ll speak at the end of the season about his future’

Pep Guardiola has admitted that he and John Stones will discuss the defender’s future at Manchester City once the Premier League season has ended. The central defender has lost his place in the heart of defense after a series of injuries this season but will now make his return to the team when City plays Newcastle United on Wednesday.

While Guardiola did not want to directly comment on Stones’ future, the Spaniard did reveal that there will be talks during the summer break. “On the transfer market, we will speak at the end of the season,” Guardiola said. “I’ve said many times I’m more than delighted with John as a person, as a pro, everything.

“What I want is the best for him. We’ll speak at the end of the season about what is going to happen. Sometimes my wish is not the wish of the players, or the wish of the situation for the club. At the moment I will feel it, if we have to change, we’ll talk to them. He’s a young player and we want him to be consistent, to train and recover.”

“There are players who can play every three days for 11 months, others struggle more to be fit and we try to find the key to playing every three days. This is what we want.” In recent reports Arsenal and Stones’ former club Everton have been monitoring the situation of the England international.