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Manchester City: Tom Roddy predicts where John Stones might end up

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Tom Roddy has been speaking on the latest episode of The Times’ The Game Football Podcast about where he could see John Stones ending up.

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Roddy spent a bit of time talking about other things and then discussed where he sees the 26-year-old playing his football if he leaves the Etihad this summer.

According to The Times, Stones’ future at City is ‘in doubt’, and has only started 11 league games this season.

Here is what Roddy had to say about Stones’ future:

“The only team I can potentially see him at within the elite now is Leicester.

“I think Brendan Rodgers is such a good manager and he gets players and improves them, and I think he could possibly work out there.

“The issue is, how much they’re paying for him, because there’s no guarantees given what’s happened over the last four years, he’s been quite injury-prone.”

So, it seems Roddy could see Stones moving to Leicester, but he doesn’t sound convinced the Foxes would make a move for him given his recent history.

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Leicester’s current options at centre-back include the likes of Caglar Soyuncu, Jonny Evans, and Wes Morgan, so Stones could be able to come in and provide competition or slot straight into the starting XI.

However, the main issues, as Roddy discussed, would be the price and Stones’ injury record.

City bought the 26-year-old for £50.04m in 2016, and given he is still valued at £32.4m by Transfermarkt, Pep Guardiola’s side could demand a big fee from any side who want to buy Stones.

In terms of his injury record, Stones has had five injures that have seen him miss games since moving to City, so you can see why that could be a problem.

It will be interesting to see what happens to the defender in the summer.

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