John Stones admits to feeling mixed emotions ahead of Everton return

Manchester City's John Stones during the match

Stones returns to Goodison Park this weekend for the first time since his £47.5 million move to Manchester City.

John Stones has admitted to Sky Sports that he will be feeling very mixed emotions as he makes his first return to Goodison Park as a Manchester City player on Sunday.

Stones left Everton for the Etihad in a £47.5 million deal last summer, which made him the second most expensive defender in history.

The 22-year-old, who was criticised by a portion of the Toffees support last term for inconsistent and occasionally error-strewn performances, has also struggled from time to time this term.

Manchester City's John Stones during the match

However, he has been a regular for City under Pep Guardiola, making 25 appearances in all competitions so far this campaign.

He is now gearing up for what looks like a certain starting berth at the home of his former club on Sunday, where it is uncertain what kind of reception he will receive from the home fans.

Stones admitted that he has mixed feelings about the occasion, but stressed that he has nothing but fond memories of his time on Merseyside.

The England star told Sky Sports: "There's mixed emotions. I’ve got a lot of friends there, I played a lot of games for Everton and a lot of my family has got friends there, so it’s a big occasion for them, as it is for me.

Everton's John Stones

"It will be strange to go back, as I’m sure it is for everyone the first time they go back to face their previous club.

"It was massive time in my career, I really enjoyed my time there, can’t say a bad word about it. It made me the player I am today, I can only thank everyone there for that."

Stones and his City teammates travel to Goodison 12 points ahead of Everton and looking to finish the weekend in second place if they win and other results go their way.

Though the game's result is naturally the most important thing, it is likely that something of a spotlight will be on Stones' own individual performance from both sets of fans.

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