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Guardiola Praises Versatile Stones

Guardiola Praises Versatile Stones

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has praised the versatility of defender John Stones after Saturday’s win over Burnley.

Guardiola was forced to get creative with his selection for the home meeting with Burnley as both Kyle Walker and Danilo were unavailable.

The duo sustained injuries on international duty with England and Brazil respectively and Pep asked centre-back Stones to play on the right.

Stones, who has also played in midfield at times, excelled in his new role and Guardiola feels the former Everton man can have a long career if he masters a number of different positions.

Guardiola said: “He can’t play winger, attacking midfielder or striker – no way.

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“I think it’s good for the young players like John Stones that they learn to play in different positions.

“It helps him become more intelligent, to understand the game more and he has more chances to play regularly because the manager needs him in other positions. He can play three in the back, in a four too, but I think he can play holding midfielder because we only have Fernandinho.

“He can play different positions and that is good for him. He has a long career in front of him.”

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