Stones suffered an injury that ruled him out for most of April but, even so, since mid-February he has played just 433 minutes in the Premier League for City and more than double that figure, nearly 1,110 minutes, for the England team.
"The season will be judged in 11 months - not three weeks".
"The other day, I met his parents and you often understand how the children are when you know the parents". He's so competitive and professional.
Lionel Messi has been at Barcelona since he was a small boy and during his time at the Catalan club, he has seen hundreds of players come and go. "The most important thing and the most important issue we have is to help them to grow".
"Bernardo Silva started in incredible condition and he deserved to play; Raz is playing well", he said.
"It's a challenge for all of them and it's a challenge for me, the manager, to keep the level and it's a challenge for the players to keep their level and compete with their mates".
"Everybody is here because after three seasons, I want to work with them".
"My teams are going to try to play how I want", he said to Jorge Valdano on Universo Valdano. "No doubt about that".
Guardiola also stressed youngster Phil Foden's time will come after suggestions some more appearances for City could accelerate his pathway into Gareth Southgate's England team.
Speaking generally about global management, Guardiola, who was linked with the Argentina job in the summer, said: 'In our lives we have dreams of what we'd like to do in the future, but it doesn't mean it's going to happen.
Kevin de Bruyne is one of the best players in the world right now and would improve literally any club on the planet but there's no way he's leaving anytime soon, unless someone pays his expensive release clause.