Manchester City are close to finalising a contract extension with centre-back John Stones, according to reports in the English media.
The 26-year-old’s current deal at the Etihad Stadium expires in 2022 but the Citizens are hoping to agree a new five-year contract, worth £39m (around £150,000 a week).
Stones has managed to turn around his fortunes over the past ten months, having looked destined to leave City last summer after falling down the pecking order under manager Pep Guardiola.
The likes of Arsenal, West Ham and Chelsea were heavily linked with the England international but he decided to put his head down and get himself back into the first-team reckoning.
Stones’ determination was duly rewarded and he has started 26 games in all competitions this campaign, striking up a formidable partnership with Ruben Dias. City have conceded just 24 goals in 33 league fixtures, which is seven fewer than any other team in the top flight.