Manchester City have signed English defender John Stones from Everton for £42m.
The England international defender has signed a six-year deal which will keep him at the Etihad Stadium until at least 2022.
The 22-year-old told ManCity.com, “I’m absolutely delighted to sign for City and now the deal’s done I’m looking forward to the next stage in my career.
“I’ve obviously seen what’s going on here at the Etihad, it’s an ambitious Club with a great manager so I can’t wait to get stuck in and help achieve the goals.
“I know it will be tough getting a place in this team but I’m determined to become the best player I can be and help us to success.
“I had a wonderful time with Everton and wish them and their fans all the best but now I’ll give my all for City.”
City’s Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain, expressed his delight at securing Stones’ signature. He said, “John is an excellent defender and we are all really pleased he is joining us.
“We have worked hard to bring him to City, and we feel we are signing one of the best young central defenders in Europe.
City’s Manager Pep Guardiola said, “We want to help John show his quality with us and improve on what he has already achieved.
“I like the way he plays the game and I’m looking forward to welcoming him into the squad.”
Stones, who will be jersey number 24, becomes City’s eighth signing of the 2016 summer transfer window, following in the footsteps of Ilkay Gundogan, Nolito, Aleksandar Zinchenko, Aaron Mooy, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Marlos Moreno.
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