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Man City defender Stones: Guardiola happy for me too hoof it!

Manchester City defender John Stones insists hoofing the ball clear isn't beneath manager Pep Guardiola.

Stones insists he is happy to do the “dirty work" despite gaining a reputation as being a classy ball-playing centre-half.

He said: “Of course I would put the ball into Row Z, at the right time.

“From last season to the start of this season I'm realising when to do it.

“That's where I believe I have come on quite a lot as a player. I was doing things before and then afterwards I would think, 'Why have I done that? Why haven't I just put it out in Row Z?'

“Already I can see a difference in my decision-making. We can all regroup from putting it in Row Z sometimes. Against West Ham on Sunday, I did it a few times.

“I have always done that, and like to carry on doing that.

“Go back to the point of staying true to myself, but I am a defender, and that's what I want to be known as well."

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