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“We always talk whether it’s tough or going well…” – Man United star opens up on relationship with Man City centre-back

Harry Maguire has opened up about going through some tough times recently, and despite playing for rival clubs, the support he’s had from resurgent Manchester City star John Stones.

Maguire reportedly had the chance to join Manchester City in 2019 but elected to join cross-town rivals Manchester United. A year later, the United captain was arrested in Greece after an incident involving the police. The court verdict of which is still disputed.

Speaking ahead of England’s match with Albania, Maguire said of John Stones; “We always speak away from football. He’s a good friend, I grew up near him and played against him when he was at Barnsley and I was at Sheffield United. We spoke to each other through times where it was tough.”

Stones himself has articulated at length the personal struggles he’s had on and off the pitch while at Manchester City. The England defender has seemingly overcome the issues that plagued him, and has been rewarded with is first call-up for the national squad since 2019.

From what Maguire says, it sounds as though each has been able to lift the other up through difficult moments. “I’m close with John,” Maguire noted. “But I want him to play as well as he can without winning football matches,”

United currently lie 14 points below City in the Premier League table.

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