Rio Ferdinand: John Stones Can’t Stay at City


Rio Ferdinand suggested that Manchester City central defender John Stones should leave the club.

“With the Euros coming up next year, he has to make a big decision. In fact, I don’t even think it’s a big decision to leave – it’s just the right decision. If he wants to be a top centre-half and play for England again, he can’t stay at City,” Ferdinand told The Daily Mail.

Last month, the Sun reported West Ham’s interest in downtown Stones. And Ferdinand advises him to join West Ham United in the summer transfer window.

The former Manchester United and West Ham central defender – now working as a bumper for BT Sport – believes that it would be a step-down for Stones to leave City for the Hammers.

However, according to Ferdinand, a move to the London Stadium would increase the chances of the former European central defender playing for England at the European Championship next summer.

Fair, leaving City for West Ham would be a massive step-down, but to make his career better and play for England next summer, it would be wise for Stones to play for a manager who knows his game inside out and help him get back to his best:

“Moyes knows him. It would be a massive drop in expectation from a club point of view but needs must sometimes.

“Where’s he going to go get a game? That’s what he needs to think about. He needs to play football. He’s not played consistent football consecutively for how long now?”

Stones is a very good central defenseman who’s capable of playing out from behind, and he’s going to make West Ham a better and stronger defensive team.

The Hammers need better defenders in their team, and the Hammers will know all about the 26-year-old, who has worked with Moyes at Everton.

“He really has to look closely at himself and his situation,” Ferdinand said.


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