A subject of two rejected Chelsea bids, John Stones is one of the best young defenders with a very bright future in the Premier League, and Everton’s manager Roberto Martinez has claimed Chelsea’s pursuit of the centre half has affected him in a negative way ahead of the new campaign which starts tomorrow.
This is as per Metro who are saying the Toffees’ manager has admitted that the interest from the Premier League champions – who Stones himself had reportedly told Martinez he wants to join – had sent the player over the moon and with Everton rejecting two bids from Chelsea, the player have appeared unhappy and his performances in training has probably been affected.
Stones was signed for just £3m from Barnsley, says the above source, and has enjoyed a rapid rise to stardom becoming captain Phil Jagielka’s central defensive partner and earning a call-up to the England national team.
Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho views Stones as John Terry’s long-term replacement and besides, the Englishman will also count as homegrown with the Blues short of that in the first team squad.
The Blues have submitted bids for the former Barnsley youngster believed to be in the region of £20m and £26m respectively which Everton swiftly rebuffed.
Martinez has now admitted that Chelsea’s obstinacy to sign Stones has consequently unsettled him.
“Yes (it has affected him) and you hope you learn from him and become
more mature,” said Martinez.
“Clearly, John is one of the outstanding young talents we have in the
squad and you are going to get interest. That is positive.”
The Toffees club chairman and the manager have said earlier that Stones will not be sold and they seem to be maintaining their stance to not let the defender leave. They have clearly said ‘No’ to Chelsea.
Meanwhile, several reports have claimed Jose Mourinho’s side will go as far as £30m in a determined pursuit of Stones and they clearly believe they can railroad Everton with that offer. £30m? Stones? Balderdash! Seriously, Chelsea would not want to start another extravagant spending that led to a rift between Roman Abrahamovich and
Mourinho in the past, which brought about the former Inter Milan tactician’s exit from the club in 2007.
To be frank, Stones is not anywhere worth the £30m valuation. Hence, Chelsea can look on to any other available option in the market.