Man City 'won't allow John Stones to move away this month'
Man City ‘won’t allow John Stones to move away this month’ amid links with Arsenal as England centre-back sweats on his Euro 2020 place
- City will not countenance Stones moving to Arsenal during the current window
- Centre-half had been linked with a move to the Emirates to boost game time
- Stones is desperate to ensure he plays enough to make England Euro squad
- He has been in and out of the City side and has fallen down pecking order
Manchester City ‘will not countenance John Stones moving to Arsenal during the current transfer window’.
It came after reports this week suggested that the England defender wanted to leave the Etihad Stadium to guarantee increased game time in order to make the Euro 2020 squad.
The City player shares the same management agency as Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Stones worked closely with the Spaniard when he was Pep Guardiola’s assistant at the Premier League champions.
John Stones won’t be allowed to leave Manchester City during the current transfer window
The England centre-half is worried a lack of game time will cost him a Euro 2020 squad place
But, according to the Manchester Evening News, City have ruled out any chance of Stones moving to the Emirates Stadium this month.
Stones, 25, has been in and out of the City squad all season, with his form interrupted by thigh and hamstring problems before the turn of the year.
He played the full 90 minutes as City thrashed Aston Villa 6-1 on Sunday but played no part in their 3-1 win at Manchester United in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup last week.
Reports had suggested that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was interested in loaning Stones
The defender in action during England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro last year
Nicolas Otamendi started in that match alongside Fernandinho, with 19-year-old Eric Garcia the central defensive replacement on the bench.
City will also welcome back Aymeric Laporte, seen as their No 1 defender, back from cruciate ligament problems at some point before the end of the season.
With Fernandinho proving an able deputy at the back, Stones is down the pecking order and understandably concerned about his place in the England squad.
Nonetheless, City have appeared to rule out any possibility of an exit this month, even on loan.
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