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John Stones Everton reject £38M Chelsea's bid for defender

Everton have rejected a new £38m from Chelsea for their defender John Stone and also a transfer request from the 21-year-old

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  play Chelsea's bid for John Stone has been rejected by Everton (PA)
  play Roberto Martinez insists the defender is not for sale (REUTERS/Rebecca Naden)

Everton have rejected another bid from Chelsea for defender, John Stones just days after the 21-year-old submitted a transfer request.

English Premier League defending champions, Chelsea have been trailed with defensive problems this season and are keen to add the 21-year-old to their ranks.

Jose Mourinho has seen offers of £20m, £26m and £30m for the defender turned down by Everton and in anticipation of the bid, Stones handed in a written transfer request which was rejected by Everton.

A new £38m bid from Chelsea has also been rejected by Everton who have insisted that the defender will remain at Goodison Park.

Stone was on Wednesday, August 26 abused by travelling supporters at Everton's away Capital One Cup win at his former club Barnsley.

"Everton Football Club has rejected a transfer request from John Stones," Everton chairman Bill Kenwright said in a statement.

Action Images via Reuters / Tony O'Brien Livepic play Jose Mourinho wants Stones as a long time replacement for John Terry

 

"Since the start of the transfer window, we have resolutely turned down offers from another Premier League football club for our player.

"John is not for sale and he will remain a highly valued member of our first team squad."

Everton coach, Roberto Martinez also revealed that the defender will be in his squad to face Tottenham this weekend.

"John Stones will be ready [to play against Spurs] because he is in the perfect environment," Martinez is quoted to say by Sky Sports.

"It's been an emotional time for everyone but John is one of our most loved assets and he'll be ready.

"The chairman was really strong yesterday, he's put things very, very clear.

"It's vitally important to show that we have got our own ambitions and our own projects and we don't rely on big offers coming in.

"Many, many football clubs would have try to get the biggest deal they could do and take the money and allow the sale to happen.

"It shows we've got an incredible chairman and all he wants is the best for the football club, he's being doing that for many, many years and hasn't been given the credit he deserves.

"Every single Evertonian can be extremely proud to keep one of our most treasured younger players and make sure we build a winning team.

"It seems like money can buy anything these days and clearly what we stand for at Everton is more important values - in football and in life - that they are more important than money."

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