Manchester City have rubbished reports that John Stones could be allowed to leave this summer.
John Stones hasn’t played for the club since returning from international duty because of an abductor injury.
That’s led to speculation that he’s no longer part of Pep Guardiola’s long-term plans.
However, we have been told that Stones will not be going anywhere, and will be part of the squad aiming to defend the Premier League title next season.
City lost the only two games Stones has started since late January, against Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup and Basel in the Champions League, and he has slipped to the bottom of the central defensive pecking order behind captain Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi and January signing Aymeric Laporte.
Press Association Sport reported that City “have no intention” of selling Stones and are happy with the progress he has made under Guardiola.
The coach said at the weekend that he hoped Stones would be back soon, adding: “Hopefully he can play the last games and get to the World Cup. I think he will be fine.”