Everton Says Transfer Target Stones Going No Where

John_StonesWill John Stones be leaving the friendly confines of Goodison Park in Liverpool for the big time in London with Chelsea?

The final answer may not be known for days, but the Blues push for the rising defensive star heated up on Wednesday. Multiple published reports out of England said the 21-year old submitted a transfer request to Everton, and that Chelsea were preparing a $60 million bid for Stones.

However, despite the reported big money push by the defending Premier League champions, it appears that Stones is not going anywhere.

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Following his team’s 5-3 Capital One Cup victory over Barnsley, Everton manager Roberto Martinez said that Stones has a big future with the Merseyside club.

“The situation with John is very clear. We care about him, will protect and give him everything we can to help him enjoy his football,” he said. “We have great ambition, great desire and big plans for John. We want to be a winning team and to do that we have to keep our best performers. Clearly John is a big part of our future.”

Throughout the summer transfer window period, which closes September 1, Stones has been linked with a move to Chelsea. The Blues poor defensive effort through the first three matches of the season has only ramped up that speculation.

Martinez also reiterated his belief that the summer transfer window should close before the start of the season in order to eliminate distractions with players who are the subject of transfer rumors.

“I am repeating myself but I’ll say it again – it is wrong for the football authorities to allow the window to be open when there are important games going on,” Martinez said. “We shouldn’t put our players under that pressure because it turns into a circus.”