Roberto Martinez insists John Stones will not be sold

Ritabrata Banerjee / 03 August 2015

Everton manager Roberto Martinez insists that they would not sell any of their players this season irrespective of what other clubs bid. Premier League champions Chelsea are keen on signing 20-year-old highly rates English defender John Stones. They had accordingly placed two bids worth £20 million and £28 million as confirmed by the club but Everton are belived to have rejected those enquiries.

Speaking to reporters Martinez stated: “You’re going to get clubs that are working with big budgets because they have been working in the Champions League but we are a club with nine league titles and you’ve seen today we celebrated a special memory [at Duncan Ferguson’s testimonial].

“We are a big club. What we want is to build and what we want to do is concentrate on the future and we are not a selling club by any means. The situation with John is as you would expect.

“He is one of the most talented centre-backs in European football and we feel we have a special footballer with us.

“There is nothing to discuss and teams putting bids in for him doesn’t mean anything.”

Along with Chelsea, league rivals Manchester United too have shown interest in the youngster. The Red Devils are looking forward to bolster their backline and Stones might be a great addition to the squad. Chelsea consider Stones as John Terry’s long term replacement at the club.

But now as the Toffees’ manager has confirmed that Stones would stay, it is highly unlikely that the giants of the league will have a hand on the star defender.

 

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