Jamie O’Hara believes John Stones is “finished” at Manchester City, but thinks the defender could replace an ageing Sergio Ramos at Real Madrid.
It’s been a forgettable start to the season for Stones amid struggles to win back his spot in Pep Guardiola’s line-up. Therefore, the Manchester City player may well consider his future in January even if Real Madrid don’t come calling.
Stones, in fact, has made just three appearances in all competitions this season. Part this is down to the muscle injury problems he had earlier on.
Since returning to action, however, the England international continues to be overlooked by Guardiola. The Catalan even picked midfielders Rodri and Fernandinho as his centre-backs during Tuesday’s 5-1 Champions League win over Atalanta.
“I really like [Stones], I think he is finished [at City],” Former Tottenham midfielder O’Hara told talkSPORT.
“There were two midfielders playing at centre-half ahead of him! For me, I think he is done.
“I look at him and would say why wouldn’t he go to Real Madrid.
“They’ve got Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane; Ramos is coming to the end and they are struggling defensively, they haven’t really got anyone else.
“Stones, I think, would suit a team like Real Madrid and be a world-class player again because he’s lost his way at Manchester City.
“You are seeing a lot more players going abroad now, and I think he would suit that game.
“[Kieran] Trippier has gone out there and is doing very well, and I think Stones would suit a team like Real Madrid and be a world-class player again.
“He’s lost his way at Man City.”
Should Stones wish to stay in the Premier League, though, he could potentially sign up for defensively-fragile Arsenal.
“No, I don’t think he’d go to Arsenal,” said O’Hara.
“He would walk into their back four, but I think he’s too good for Arsenal. I think he is, yeah.
“I rate John Stones, I really like him. He’s had his mistakes and he’s had his injuries, but to me, he’s still a player who is potentially a top, world-class centre-half.
“And for me, I think he should go to somewhere like Real Madrid if he does leave.”