Rochdale manager Keith Hill has told The Sun (print edition, page 57, Friday, July 29, 2016) that Everton defender John Stones would be a good signing for Manchester City.
According to The Mirror, City are interested in signing Stones from Everton in the summer transfer window.
Hill, who worked with Stones at Barnsley, has backed the 22-year-old central defender to be a success working with City manager Pep Guardiola.
The former Barnsley boss has also predicted the Everton youngster to establish himself as one of the best central defenders in the world in the coming years.
“I do believe he’ll be one of the best central defenders in the world over the next five years,” Hill told The Sun (print edition, page 57, Friday, July 29, 2016).
“It will be music to John’s ears that Pep is recruiting him,” added Hill. “Man City and John will be a perfect match in the way Pep wants to play.”
Stones created six chances in 33 Premier League appearances for Everton last season.
The England international defender had a pass accuracy of 89% and a shot accuracy of 14%, and won 51 headers, 23 dribbles and 36 tackles.
During the 2014-15 campaign, the 22-year-old scored one goal and created four chances in 23 league matches.
Stones had a pass accuracy of 90% and a shot accuracy of 20%, and won 59 headers, 22 dribbles and 27 tackles.