Stones could spend time playing in midfield, according to Guardiola.

Pep Guardiola has confirmed he is considering playing John Stones in midfield this season.

The England international, who was part of the City side to have won the Premier League title last season, plays as a central defender, but he was moved up the field when Vincent Kompany came on as a substitute in City's 2-0 Community Shield win over Chelsea on Sunday.

"John made an excellent World Cup and showed again his personality," he said as the Telegraph quoted. "I was happy to see him in the last 10 or 15 minutes like a holding midfielder. John maybe can play there.

“We will see what's going on in the future. In the Premier League there are a huge amount of games and everybody will be involved."

On constantly playing as a centre-back, Guardiola said of Stones: "John has to know he has to play at a good level because Vincent and Nico [Nicolas Otamendi] are there, and they are going to play. Then, they have to play good. In the higher teams in the top tier, when they play in all competitions, you need this kind of competition."

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