Guardiola has faith in Stones

Pep Guardiola says he has complete faith that John Stones has the character to recover from his Manchester City setback.

The former Everton defender was signed by Guardiola for £47.5 million on a six-year deal, making him the world's second most expensive defender, behind David Luiz.

The 22-year-old played the majority of the season for City before being dropped after the 4-2 loss to Leicester.

The club went onto defeat Watford 2-0 and Arsenal 2-1, but Guardiola says he still trusts his record signing, although he admits the England international must improve to regain his place in the side.

Guardiola said: "I know that people think if a player doesn't play it is because the coach doesn't trust him any more. That is not the truth."

He added: "It's the first time in his career he played every three days.

"He has to improve but he's open and he has a lot of personality. When you play in the big teams, the character is there. I have no doubts John has that."

City play Hull on Boxing Day before taking on Liverpool on Saturday and Burnley on Monday.

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