Former Man City captain backs Aymeric Laporte and John Stones to become

Richard Dunne believes the blossoming partnership between Aymeric Laporte and John Stones can become the best in Premier League history.

The duo have established themselves as Pep Guardiola’s first-choice pairing this season, with City conceding just four goals in their opening 11 league games.

Laporte has been immovable in City’s back-line, featuring in all but two of the Blues’ games this campaign, while Stones has eradicated the mistakes in possession that marred his start to life at the Etihad.

And Dunne, who won City’s player of the year award for four consecutive years, says the pair fit Pep Guardiola’s vision perfectly.

“They are very different to when you go back over the years to the centre-back pairings that United had,” Dunne told 888sport . “Vidic and Stam, Bruce and Pallister even.

“They were tough tacklers whereas the two City have – who are the only two centre-backs that Pep has bought – are completely within his profile of ball-playing defenders.”

Stones and Laporte have made just 14 tackles between them in the Premier League this season, and Dunne says that low figure is testament to their reading of the game.

“They don’t seem to be in positions to need last-ditch tackles,” he added.

“Instead they read the game really well and obviously with the team they have ahead of them – and Fernandinho in particular – they are not under so much pressure.

“This brings its own issue though because they need to concentrate all the time and remain switched on.”

“The understanding that they’ve got could make this a long-standing partnership and certainly the most successful in Premier League history.”