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Manchester City finally confirm John Stones signing after Uefa let it slip

Uefa’s website had earlier listed the England defender in City’s Champions League squad.


MANCHESTER CITY HAVE confirmed the signing of centre-back John Stones from Everton on a six-year deal.

City boss Pep Guardiola had his sights on the England centre-back since his arrival at Eastlands. Neither club disclosed the fee but Everton revealed it was a club record amount.

“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,” Stones told the club’s official website.

“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.

City’s long pursuit of Everton defender John Stones took an intriguing twist on Tuesday when Uefa’s website listed the England defender in Pep Guardiola’s squad for their Champions League play-off tie with Steaua Bucharest.


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John Stones file photo

All teams participating in the play-off round had to submit their final squads to European football’s governing body by 11pm on Monday night.

And Stones’ name appeared in between Gael Clichy and Jason Denayer on the City club page. He is listed as number 24.

There was no Vincent Kompany, who is currently injured, while the likes of Wilfried Bony, Samir Nasri and Eliaquim Mangala – all thought to have an uncertain future under Guardiola – were also not listed.

501 Manchester City’s official squad list on the UEFA website. Source: UEFA.com

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