John Stones has signed a new four year contract extension with Manchester City to remain at the club until 2026.
Stones, 27, joined from Everton five years ago and has made 168 appearances while lifting every domestic trophy available at least once during his City career to date.
There was a time when the England defender was looking towards the exit door though, having spent a long time out of the team before his renaissance in last season’s campaign alongside new defensive partner Ruben Dias.
As well as landing the Premier League and Carabao Cup, Stones also helped the team reach the final of the UEFA Champions League last term.
And his performances were recognised by PFA – he was named in the PFA Team of the Year last season – and the England team as he featured in the national team’s run to the final of a major international competition for the first time in 55 years.
John said: “I couldn’t be happier. I love being part of this squad. There are so many quality players here and I know we can continue winning trophies, which is my main focus.
“Working with the manager is a dream – he has taught me so much about the game and I feel like I learn something new every single day.
“The success we’ve had in the last four years has been incredible. To be a part of it has been a dream come true and I just want to continue winning.
“This is the best place for me to play my football and fulfil my ambitions.” Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “This is great news for our club.
“John is an exceptional footballer and a fantastic defender, whose attributes are well suited to our style of play.
“We knew when we signed him that we were getting a talented centre-back, but he has really matured in his five years here and, as we saw last season, is at the top of his game right now.
“John has been an important part of our recent success and we believe he can continue to help us achieve our goals, so for him to commit his best years to us is a major boost for the club.”