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John Stones talks Pep Guardiola, Champions League, Manchester City transfer

The new City defender is excited for the European challenge

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New Manchester City center-back John Stones spoke to the press on Monday prior to the Champions League Playoff first leg against Steaua Bucharest in Romania, and he spoke about taking part in the European Cup for the first time in his career.

Stones was also asked about working under new coach Pep Guardiola, and the young Englishman hopes to become a world-class defender playing for the best manager in the world. Here's a rundown of John's quotes:

“You don't get these opportunities to work with the best manager in the world and at a top club and in the Champions League. I feel now was the right time for the next step in my career.

“I know I've got to fight for my place. I'll just try to show everyone what I can do and earn my place and try to get that starting spot.

“We work hard and the gaffer works hard to get it across to us what the opposition are going to do. We can only go out and try and beat them and that's what we're going to do tonight for tomorrow’s game.”