John Stones to Chelsea: Everton defender can be England captain, says Roberto Martinez

Toffees boss enthuses about his young centre-back as it appears likely he will stay

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes John Stones can become captain of England later in his career.

The 21-year-old has been subject to profound and protracted interest from Chelsea over the summer but the Toffees appear to have finally secured his future at Goodison Park.

Stones was one of the brightest sparks of an otherwise stale 0-0 draw between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton at White Hart Lane on Saturday evening and boss Martinez believes he has a bright future.

 

"He was under a lot of pressure, so his performance was that of someone who has the potential to become an England captain," Martinez said.

"He shows incredible composure and you would never say he's only 21 years old."

When quizzed on the prospective transfer to Chelsea, Martinez reiterated his claims that Stones will remain at Goodison Park for the foreseeable future.

He added: "Absolutely, he accepts he is an Everton player. We want to be a winning team and John is a big part of that.

"We have our own ambitions and project and John is a big part of that. He showed a really strong face against Tottenham."

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