Arteta: No truth in ru­mours on Stones

Manchester Evening News - - CITY SPECIAL - By SI­MON BAJKOWSKI [email protected] @MENS­ports

JOHN Stones has got ‘many at­tributes’ that Mikel Arteta is look­ing for in a cen­tral de­fender, but the Arse­nal man­ager de­nied any in­ter­est in sign­ing the City de­fender in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow.

It was re­ported on Tues­day - in an ar­ti­cle that has since been deleted that the 24-year-old could make a shock switch with the player look­ing out for his in­ter­ests ahead of Euro 2020 and the Gun­ners short of bodies at the back.

For­mer City as­sis­tant Arteta knows Stones bet­ter than most in the game and ad­mit­ted there is a lot to like about the Eng­land in­ter­na­tional’s game. How­ever, when asked about the in­ter­est in a press con­fer­ence ahead of Arse­nal’s game with Sh­effield United he put paid to any talk of it hap­pen­ing.

“No truth in John Stones. No truth in Franck Kessie,” he said.

“John is a player I really like. When I look at cen­tre-backs he’s got many at­tributes I like but I’m not look­ing at him.”

City had al­ready made it clear that they will not be let­ting any cen­tre­backs de­part in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow. They have had their own prob­lems at the back this sea­son, with the fail­ure to re­place Vin­cent Kom­pany fur­ther ex­posed by a long-term in­jury to Aymeric La­porte.

Guardi­ola has also said pre­vi­ously that Stones will be at the Eti­had for at least as long as he is the man­ager ‘be­cause he is an amaz­ing guy and he is go­ing to stay here with me’.

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