John Stones says he wants to do himself justice next term after admitting that he was disappointed with his first season at Manchester City.
The England international joined City from Everton last summer for a transfer fee believed to be £47.5 million, but struggled in his first campaign at the Etihad Stadium as Pep Guardiola’s team failed to win a trophy.
The 23-year-old former Barnsley defender only started 23 Premier League games for City last term, missing the rest because of a combination of injury and poor form.
He acknowledged: “I was disappointed with my first season at City, purely because we had such a great team and we set the bar high.
“We all believed we could do better – and I know that I could have done better in some games. But I have a thick skin and I do not worry about criticism from the outside too much. Ultimately, I only listen to the manager, my team-mates and my family.
“The fee does not really make it harder for me. I am very fortunate to have been bought for that amount of money – almost flattered by City paying that much. And, of course, I want to do myself justice.”