New Manchester City defender John Stones is relishing the chance to work with Pep Guardiola, whom he has described as ‘the best manager in the world’.
Stones, 22, was close to joining Jose Mourinho at Chelsea last season, but the deal fell through. However, he has now moved to City, where he has joined up with Guardiola, and he says he has no regrets things turned out the way they did last season.
The former Everton defender is now Britain’s most expensive defender after City paid £47.5m for his services.
“I suppose what happened turned out to be a blessing in disguise,” he was quoted by the Mirror.
“I stated last year what I wanted to do. It didn’t happen and so I just got on with it, kept going, set out to win games and improve as a player.
“For me personally, I am now working with the best manager in the world. I’m over the moon to be at City and learning from a manager like Pep Guardiola.
“Obviously I am going to make some mistakes, but it is how I look to correct those and keep moving forward as a player. I came here because I want to be a winner. I’m like every other player – I just want to win some silverware.”
“You cannot afford to waste any time as a player. When the game goes you cannot get it back, so it was a great learning curve for me last year and I feel I have come out of it stronger and a better person and player.”