Cape Town - Manchester City defender John Stones is
reportedly still waiting on the club to open talks with him regarding a new contract.
His representatives were certain bosses at the Etihad would
make their move earlier this summer, with the England central defender's deal
set to expire in 2022.
And the early sounds were encouraging, although the word now
coming out of City is that they will not be rushed into handing him new
improved terms, despite his contract running down.
Stones, who arrived from Everton for £50 million in 2016,
has made it clear he is happy at the club and would like nothing more than to
commit his peak years to the Premier League champions.
However, the 25-year-old suffered a loss of form towards the
end of last season and also split up from his long-term partner, which has not
been easy for the Barnsley-born defender.
Stones recently returned from a month out with a thigh
injury and his best form will certainly be needed in the coming weeks if City
are to keep the pressure on leaders Liverpool at the top of the Premier League
Boss Pep Guardiola is without star centre-back Aymeric
Laporte until at least February, as he continues to recover from the knee
operation he underwent in early September, while there have been injuries to
other stars as well.
Stones has suffered from defensive lapses during his time at
City but retains the public backing of his manager, even if the club's money
men are biding their time before opening firm contract discussions.
It is understood Stones earns around £150 000-per-week at
present and can likely expect an increase on that figure, certainly in light of
the current inflated market for young central defenders with international
All the same, it will still be concerning for Stones that
despite his homegrown status, City are seemingly wanting to see how he performs
over the next few months before engaging in concrete negotiations.
- TeamTalk Media