Jamie Carragher makes huge claim over John Stones’ future during Man City clash

John Stones runs with the ball during Manchester City's Premier League clash with Bournemouth

John Stones has dropped down the pecking order at Manchester City (Picture: Getty)

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes John Stones’ appearance in Manchester City’s clash with Bournemouth may well be his last for the club.

Stones became the second most expensive defender in history when he completed a £47.5million move from Everton to City just six months after Pep Guardiola’s appointment back in 2016 and the England centre-back was viewed as a player who could potentially fill Vincent Kompany’s boots at the Etihad.

However, the 26-year-old has failed to live up to his enormous price tag across his four-year spell under Guardiola and was making only his 12th start of the Premier League campaign at home to Bournemouth on Wednesday evening.

John Stones in warm-up

The England defender has fallen out of favour at the Etihad (Picture: Getty)

Stones has been overtaken in the pecking order by 19-year-old Eric Garcia and Guardiola has even preferred to play Fernandinho as a makeshift central defender at times this season.

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I’m not sure he does have a future here,’ Liverpool legend Carragher said during Sky Sports for City’s encounter with Bournemouth.

‘I think Pep Guardiola has played numerous players in his position, even a midfielder in Fernandinho and the young lad Eric Garcia.

‘It may actually be the last time we see Stones in a Manchester City shirt.

‘He was brought in for big money and it hasn’t quite happened for him.’

Earlier this week, Carragher’s Sky Sports colleague, Jamie Redknapp, urged Arenal to make a move for the out-of-favour defender.

‘What’s next for John Stones?’ he wrote in his Daily Mail column. ‘

‘One of Virgil van Dijk’s biggest assets is his decision-making. He knows when to play and when to put the ball into row Z. With Stones, that’s been a downfall.

‘Arsenal need a centre back, and Mikel Arteta knows Stones from his City days. That could be a good fit.’

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