Pique is regarded as one of the best central defenders in the world and he admits you can’t just be a ‘defender’ anymore in the modern game.
“Now the position of the centre-back is not just about defending or being nasty or tough. It’s about knowing how to play football, control the ball, pass and be more comfortable in possession,” he said.
Stones has received credit for his composure and confidence from players past and present and pundits alike in his rise to the top level over a short period of time.
The praise didn’t stop there from Pique, as he added: “He’s one of the new generation who understand football not just as a defender.”
The 21-year-old Toffees star could well be in England’s starting lineup against Spain on Friday, which should see him face Pique.
Pique’s comments will only further fuel speculation that Stones will be subject to more bids from Europe’s elite clubs in the upcoming transfer windows.
Stones was one of only two players who Pique has not played alongside in his chosen XI.
Will Stones get a move to one of Europe’s elite clubs?