Roberto Martinez blasts ‘disrespectful’ Chelsea over John Stones and says Everton are NOT a selling club

first_imgRoberto Martinez has told talkSPORT he is disappointed by the ‘disrespectful’ manner in which Chelsea are attempting to sign John Stones from Everton.Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to land the defender this summer, while John Terry this week claimed that the 21-year-old would be an excellent signing and could replace him in the long-term.Terry’s comments in particular irked Martinez, whose side have rejected two bids for Stones from Chelsea, with the Toffees boss telling the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “It is illegal.“There are laws in the Premier League that tell you very clearly you can’t talk about players at other clubs.“It is coming across in a really disrespectful manner. It is not down to me to judge, that is down to the authorities – the laws of the game are there for a reason.”Chelsea remain confident of luring Stones away from Goodison Park, despite failing with a second bid of £26million.But Martinez, who has admitted the England international has been affected by the Premier League champions’ interest, insists the Merseyside club have no desire to cash in.“We don’t want to sell anyone,” he said.“We are not a selling club. We have been working really hard to have stability financially and that means we want to build on what we have.”Martinez, does, however, understand why Mourinho is so determined to sign Stones, as he rates the former Barnsley youngster as one of Europe’s hottest prospects.“He is a typical modern centre-half and has the potential to be one of the best,” he said.“His qualities, his personality, his character, we are in front of one of the most special young players in European football.”last_img read more

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