Everton will reject John Stones’s transfer request and expect him to be at the club after the transfer window closes.
The Everton manager, Roberto Martinez, said he would speak to the 21-year-old centre-half, who has been the subject of three bids from Chelsea and continue to argue that he should stay at Goodison Park.
Speaking after Everton's dramatic 5-3 win over Barnsley in the Capital One Cup, he said: “His request will be rejected. I have not spoken about it until now because we have been preparing for a match but we need to set an example for other clubs. Money cannot buy everything in football.
“Players are human and they deserve to be able to consider the next move in their careers but we are attempting to build the club and get to a Wembley final.
“I feel very let down by the authorities who have allowed the transfer window to be open while we playing because it has become a complete circus that is affecting one of our players. I am not surprised John has handed in a transfer request because he is a young man under massive pressure.
“He is going to be influenced because he is an impressionable age but we are determined to look after him at Everton and do the very best for him. We have a chairman who is a proper Evertonian and who knows that John is a central part of our club.”Reuse content