Everton boss Roberto Martinez has stated he is confident that John Stones will remain on Merseyside, despite vast interest from Chelsea and reports that Manchester United are set to join the chase for the England U21 international.
The Toffees have already rejected two bids worth £20m and £26m from Chelsea this month, demanding a record fee of £34m if their prized asset is to leave Goodison Park.
However, Martinez believes that Everton are a big enough club to keep Stones this window and he will not have to hold crunch talks with the player, as he said:
We feel that we are a big club. 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, the history and you seen today we celebrated a special memory.”
“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 all means. I don’t see anything apart from I love the players I have in the squad and I understand others keep an eye on it and that is a healthy sign.”
“The current situation with John is as you would expect. He is one of the most talented centre backs in European football not just in England and we are really, really feel we have a special footballer with us.”
“We have a group of young players with the potential to be as good as they can and I think he is one of those.”
“Clearly he is a player that we admire, clearly that is going to be the same in other clubs. They are going to be admiring his ability and what he is as a footballer but he is an Everton player and as you can imagine he is a big part of what we are trying to achieve in the future.”