Tony Cottee says John Stones move came at the right time

Everton's John Stones

The defender competed a move to Manchester City from Everton on Tuesday.

Everton's John StonesEverton's John Stones

Former Everton striker Tony Cottee has told Sky Sports that he feels that this summer was the right time for John Stones to leave the club.

The defender completed a move to the Etihad on Tuesday as they made him the world’s second most expensive defender.

The move brought about an end to a long-running transfer saga, with City having been continually linked for several months whole Chelsea also tried to lure him away last summer.

Everton's John StonesEverton's John Stones

There are hopes he will pick up his development under Pep Guardiola after stalling last season at Goodison Park.

And Cottee says he believes this summer was the right time for the England international to make the move.

“I do feel it’s probably the right time to move on,” he told Sky Sports.

“He’s had his education at Everton and last season we didn’t see the real John Stones. Potentially Manchester City could be getting a hell of a deal.”

Everton's John StonesEverton's John Stones

It now remains to be see if Stones does prove to be a smart signing for the price that City have paid.

His progress stalled considerably last season, with his poor performances and Everton’s struggles seeing him lose out on his England place at Euro 2016.

Guardiola has a track record of developing centre backs though and Stones will be hoping to become the latest to benefit from his guidance to get his career back on track.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is presented to the fansManchester City manager Pep Guardiola is presented to the fans

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