John Stones latest: Chelsea target should 'stay and develop at Everton', says former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher

Stones will not be allowed to make mistakes at Chelsea

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Former Liverpool and England centre-back Jamie Carragher believes John Stones would be better off staying at Everton than moving to Chelsea.

The 21-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this summer with a move mooted to cost at least £30million for the talented England Under-21 defender.

But Carragher, in his column for the Daily Mail, believes that a move to Chelsea could ruin Stones' development and that staying with Roberto Martinez and playing through his mistakes will benefit him in the long run.

"He should ignore the noise, though, and stay right where is," writes Carragher. "The best place for him for the next two years is Goodison Park, working with Martinez.

"Why? For starters, it is the style of play Martinez implements. Stones is a great reader of the game, composed in possession and starts attacks from the back. Martinez will encourage him to develop those skills.

"There will be mistakes along the way, playing in that fashion, but Martinez would be more tolerant of them.

"I wouldn’t expect that to be the case with Jose Mourinho, who doesn’t accept mistakes or learning on the job from those in his team."

Carragher also argues that Stones would not get as much playing time if he were to join Chelsea, with veteran partnership John Terry and Gary Cahill entrenched as the first-choice pairing.