JOHN STONES has signed a new five-year deal at Manchester City.
The £250,000-a-week contract keeps him at the club until 2026.
It completes a remarkable turnaround for the 27-year-old, whose City career looked to be over after the 2019-20 season.
The club were ready to sell then, but boss Pep Guardiola has turned him into one of the Premier League’s best centre-backs.
Stones was entering the final year of his contract.
But both sides wanted to extend after his best campaign with City, as they won the Premier League and reached the Champions League final.
The England ace credited Guardiola and his coaching staff for the 'easy decision' to stay.
He said: "They were huge. I think everyone, the coaching staff, all the other staff that are here, from day one made me feel so welcome.
“Everyone plays a major part in our success as players. I appreciate what everyone does for me here as a person.
“It is hard to say, but they have had a big impact on me and it was an easy decision for me to put pen to paper again.
“I feel like this is home and I absolutely love the place.”
Meanwhile, £100million British record signing Jack Grealish was unveiled in front of hundreds of fans at the Etihad.
Grealish, 25, said: “No it doesn’t put pressure on me whatsoever. I take that as a compliment. I actually like it, I think it is a good tag to have.
“I think when you see a club paying that much for a player it means they trust and value you highly and see so much potential there to work with. I just see it as a good thing.
“Now I just hope I can repay this whole football club by winning as many titles as possible and winning that trophy we all want.
“The club were so close to winning it last year, they were one goal away from winning it.
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“That is exactly why I have come here, the manager said it to me when I spoke.
“I look around the changing room and there is so much talent and depth and I fully believe we can win it this year.”
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