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Manchester City's John Stones "looking forward" to Everton reunion on Saturday

The former Toffee young star will face his old team for the first time

Everton v Espanyol: Pre-Season Friendly Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Manchester City's return to Premier League action is on Saturday, at Etihad Stadium against Everon. The game is special for Pep Guardiola, who will face his longtime friend Ronald Koeman and the coaching duel is certainly one of the most interesting aspects of the match.

But another storyline that makes this a very nice game to watch is the reunion of City center-back John Stones with his former club. Stones became the most promising defender in England thanks to his three great years with the Toffes, and he faces Everton for the first time since leaving the club to join the Citizens less than three months ago.

Stones spoke to CityTV about that reunion, coming back to the club after the international break, Ronald Koeman's start with Everton, and more. Check out some highlights from that interview:


"It's been good [being back in training at City]. It's always good to get away, a little change of scenery, but you want to get back to playing with your team and it's nice to be back. It's been a good 10 days away with two clean sheets, and hopefully I can carry that form into Saturday.

"We are working hard. We were all a bit down after the defeat against [Spurs], it was a tough game and we knew we had to come back into the training pitch as soon as possible. We've been working hard on this game on Saturday and everyone is expecting a good game and hopefully we can give that to the fans.

"It's going to be interesting [facing Everton for the first time]. It'll be good to see some old faces, I made a lot of friends there. It should be a good game, but when the whistle goes it all goes out the window, they're trying to beat us and we're trying to beat them. It'll be a good game, an interesting one and one I'm looking forward to.

"[Ronald Koeman] has been brilliant. It's always difficult for a new manager coming into any club, and to settle in quickly and get the boys working hard at what he wants, it's always difficult for any manager. He did that quickly while I was there, he's got them playing good football, playing well, they got a few good wins and a good run going. It'll be exciting for us to be playing them. We have just got to get back to winning terms again, play how we were playing before and hopefully take that into the Barcelona game as well."

Source: CityTV