Phil Jagielka wishes former Everton defensive partner John Stones good luck at Manchester City

Everton's Phil Jagielka applauds the fans after the game

Stones left Goodison Park for the Etihad Stadium in a £47.5 million deal earlier this week.

Everton's Phil Jagielka applauds the fans after the game

Everton captain Phil Jagielka has sent a message via his personal Instagram account to departed central defensive partner John Stones after the latter's big-money move to Manchester City.

Stones finally sealed his exit from Goodison Park earlier this week when he joined the former Premier League champions in a deal worth a reported £47.5 million.

Last summer the Toffees stood firm in rejecting three bids from Chelsea for the young England international, the highest of which was allegedly at around the £40 million mark.

Everton's John Stones

However, Stones has now left Merseyside for the short journey to Manchester, where he will play under decorated manager Pep Guardiola this term.

Following the departure of his young partner, Toffees skipper Jagielka had only kind words for the 22-year-old in a sentimental post published on his personal Instagram account.


Going to miss this guy, all the best at your new club ✏️⚽️

A photo posted by Phil Jagielka (@pjags06) on

Alongside photos of the two players together on the pitch, the 33-year-old wrote: "Going to miss this guy, all the best at your new club."

Stones may have already left, but Jagielka's future is also the topic of some speculation following claims that he could yet link up with his former Toffees manager David Moyes at Sunderland.

It remains to be seen whether the former Sheffield United man will see his future as lying at Goodison alongside a new defensive partner, or whether the lure of a reunion with Moyes proves too much to resist.

Everton's Phil Jagielka

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