Manager of Everton, Roberto Martinez has insisted that John Stones won’t be leaving the club despite handing in a transfer request and increased pressure from Chelsea Fc.mThe 21-year-old played in the 5-3 extra-time Capital One Cup win over League One Barnsley just 24 hours after telling the club he wants to leave in order to join Chelsea, who have failed with three bids for the England international.
Despite the prospect of the Stamford Bridge side returning again with an offer greater than their previous bid of £30 million, Martinez insists the centre-back will not be leaving and pledged to look after a young player he believes is under huge pressure.
Asked if he had rejected the transfer request, the Spaniard added: “Not yet because it was a match day and that was the priority. We will reject it in the morning (Thursday) and get on with our business. “John, for a young man under massive pressure, was terrific,’‘ said Martinez.
“I am repeating myself, but I don’t think it is right for the football authorities to allow the window to be open when there are important games.
“We shouldn’t put our players under that massive pressure. It becomes a bit of a circus.The situation with John is very clear. We care about him, we will protect him and make sure we give him everything we can to allow him to enjoy his football. “Clearly we have got to a point — in life and football — when sometimes money can’t buy everything and I think that is going to be a very strong statement at Everton.
“We have a chairman who will do the right thing for the club and for the team and as a true Evertonian we are clear he will not be easily influenced in taking the money and accepting things which will clearly make our team weaker. “This is not a moment of the campaign when we can use any money to get us stronger.”