Report: Chelsea were warned off Stones before leaked bid

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Everton's stance regarding John Stones had already been spelled out in writing before Chelsea apparently leaked details of a 20m bid for the defender according to a report.

Writing in The Telegraph, Chris Bascombe claims that Everton had let the London club's directors know in unambiguous terms that Stones was off-limits this summer but that message was either not communicated to Jose Mourinho or was misunderstood.

News broke on Friday that the Champions had had an offer for Stones knocked back and a visibly annoyed Roberto Martinez expressed his disappointment with the details being made public on Saturday, insisting that the 21-year-old is "an Everton player, full stop," and that he had no intention of selling him.

Mourinho appeared to up the ante, however, in an interview with Sky Sports in which he suggested that he would continue to pursue Stones during the current transfer window unless or until Everton announced that he was not for sale "at any price."

I would advise Roberto to do the same thing as I do," the Portuguese said. "If I get an offer for one of my players and I dont want to accept any offer I say I dont accept any offer, so he can make it very, very easy.

That put the ball firmly in Everton's court to end the situation with an unequivocal public statement but the Telegraph's assertion suggests that the Goodison board had already tried to put the matter to bed privately in a letter to Stamford Bridge a few days ago.

In the meanwhile, the tabloid press have picked up the story and run with it, with concern mounting in the Everton camp that Stones could be unsettled by suggestions that the club are leaving the door open this summer to a record fee for a defender.

For his part, the ex-Barnsley man described how happy he was with the Blues last Thursday and his excitement and progressing and developing in the coming seasons alongside captain Phil Jagielka. He signed a new contract with Everton a year ago, committing his future to the club until 2018.


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Michael Kenrick
2 Posted 20/07/2015 at 01:12:04
Seems Roberto had every right to be very annoyed, then. This would go some way to explain the bad blood being let here.

Only question: does "Off limits" carry the same meaning as "Not for sale"? Maybe not in Portuguese...

James Flynn
5 Posted 20/07/2015 at 01:43:41
"I would advise Roberto to do the same thing as I do," the Portuguese said. "If I get an offer for one of my players and I don’t want to accept any offer I say I don’t accept any offer, so he can make it very, very easy."

Fucking Jose, he never misses a chance to stick it to another manager, does he? He knows perfectly well Roberto has zero say in the finance of Everton. If the money is right, the same owners dumped Wayne Rooney for petty cash, won’t hesitate to cash in on Stones.

Abramovich’s money people know so and Mourinho can talk shit with impunity.


Scott Goin
6 Posted 20/07/2015 at 01:50:47
"Not for sale at any price" is a ridiculous statement. There's a price for every player on every club. I love Stones but if Chelsea want to spend £100 million on him, I'd put him on the bus myself.

That being said, Chelsea have no intention of paying that much and are only seeking to put pressure on Everton. It's a dirty and unprofessional trick to try and unsettle another club's player. Fortunately, I don't think Stones is the type of guy to make a fuss in this situation.

We all know that if Everton don't get better, Stones might eventually want to move on. I can't say that I would blame him in that case either. But with players like Stones willing to learn and grow with Everton, we at least have that chance of climbing the Premier League ladder.

James Flynn
7 Posted 20/07/2015 at 02:35:56
"that Everton had let the London club's directors know in unambiguous terms that Stones was off-limits this summer but that message was either not communicated to Jose Mourinho or was misunderstood."

So the negotiations have been going on for a bit then?

Hugh Jenkins
8 Posted 20/07/2015 at 03:55:33
It’s the "modern" way I’m afraid.

Because they are PL champions and in the CL (not to mention the obscene wages paid) Jose believes all players will want to join. So, he makes a bid for a player he admires. Player’s club says "No"! What next?

Jose goes public. Player’s agent agitates for a move, the press get on the club’s back for "standing in the way of the player’s progress" etc. If the player (as most of them do), has all his brains in his feet, he will have his head turned and request a transfer etc. The whole saga is played out in public. End result? The player is transferred to a new club.

Hughes did it with Lescott.

DM did it with Baines and Fellaini after he had left us for MU.

The one thing I do believe is that Stones is from a different mould. As Southgate said when Stones was with the U21s,"he is the only one in the squad that does not have a Twitter account."

I don’t think John will have his head turned by what is going on in the public domain - because it doesn’t matter to him. He is his own man, mature beyond his years. I believe he is happy at Everton, sees it as his best chance to develop into a better footballer, and will resist any attempt to sell him until he thinks he is ready, which, if we manage to achieve moderate success over the coming few seasons, may be never.

Mark Stewart
9 Posted 20/07/2015 at 03:51:57
Maureen is using all her experience here to unsettle the lad and ensure that the media run with the story until he's either sold or the window shuts. He's a grub
Eugene Kearney
10 Posted 20/07/2015 at 06:37:46
This period between seasons is frustrating enough - we were "linked" to about 25 different players in the first three weeks.....

We don’t need this sort of crap from Moreenyo. Are these his "special" tactics?

Roberto has said his word on it; now let it die -- it will.

Brian Roberts
11 Posted 20/07/2015 at 07:11:12
It's called tampering in the the NFL there are serious penalties for trying to turn a players head who is already under contract with another team. I’ve no idea why the EPL does not implement the same rules.
Darryl Ritchie
12 Posted 20/07/2015 at 07:15:20
Jose is quoted as saying that he needs a defender to complete the balance in his squad. Alcaraz is available....just saying.
Jim Bennings
13 Posted 20/07/2015 at 07:28:49
Already the Stones situation is starting to annoy me and you get the impression it's going to be a saga that will almost certainly drag on.

The only ones that will be chuffed with this whole scenario are the Everton board as per usual as it takes the focus off the fact that, amidst all the other transfer deals going on, we are one of the few clubs that look happy to stay as we were last season, stick in a pool of mediocrity.

I do not care what people say, we have done nowhere near enough to improve this side from what we witnessed last term.

There must surely be a small part of Martinez’s mind that is working overtime on this possible goings on should Chelsea offer £40 million (I doubt they will) for John Stones.

As much as I don’t want to sell the lad, £40 million for a defender that plays in a rather suspect defence and is himself as of yet not a strong defender, people say he is great at walking the ball out of defence but I ask you this, walking the ball out and passing to who?? One of the many midfield crabs in front of him? It's hardly like he has Pirlo or Iniesta in front of him, is it?

I do not want Stones to go of course but £40 million for a defender, remember he is not going to win you matches or score 20 goals, is a lot of money for a club that clearly needs a massive shot in the arm and in my opinion still needs to replace the entire spine of the team with a bit of steel, character and quality.

Chris Wilson
14 Posted 20/07/2015 at 07:32:46
This is standard Jose "I know the rules, but they don’t apply to me" Mourinho. I mean Sir Alex was his idol. Need I say more?

How great would it be if Bill Kenwright actually knew Garret Morris and they could film him doing his old "Headmaster of the School for the Hard of Hearing" bit, and then play it during Roberto’s next press conference - JOHN STONES..IS..NOT..FOR..SALE..AT..ANY..PRICE! YOU’RE ACTING..LIKE..A..SPOILED..BRAT! THANK YOU..AND..HAVE..A..PLEASANT..TOMORROW! You know, have a little fun with Jose.

I don’t know, maybe it wouldn’t come off as funny as it would over here. But it would definitely be different, and it would certainly get his and the media's attention. He couldn’t say he didn’t get the message.

Ben Dyke
15 Posted 20/07/2015 at 07:48:34
Mourinho is a weasel. A clever effective one but a weasel none the less. And why? Because he is an extremely successful manager and is currently in charge of the premier league champions with a crazily rich backer. He can offer immoral wages, winners medals, worlds best players to train and play with, and to not get your head turned requires huge character!
Eddie Dunn
16 Posted 20/07/2015 at 08:03:57
Ben, he is also an ego-maniac, and this is a major defect in his character.
Perhaps he never watches his press- conferences, he is an embarrassment.
I sincerely hope that he has no luck this season, and gets the sack.
Tony Abrahams
17 Posted 20/07/2015 at 08:15:51
Makes me feel a lot better knowing we don't want to sell our precious Stones
Mike Green
18 Posted 20/07/2015 at 08:18:02
Leeds are upset about losing a youth player, Luke Garbutt, to Everton who have been ordered to pay an initial £600,000 – £400,000 more than the Goodison Park club are believed to have envisaged – for the 16-year-old left-back. Garbutt had spent eight years in the Leeds youth academy before signing his first professional contract at the Premier League club this summer.

Garbutt's departure is the latest to enrage Leeds in recent years, with Chelsea paying several million pounds in compensation for taking three players from them, and the club's chief executive, Shaun Harvey, believes the current tribunal system is an inadequate deterrent.

"Compensation awards, we feel, are no longer a sufficient deterrent – and perhaps now is the time to start considering points deductions," said Harvey. "We need to arrive at a system whereby in any transfer there is a willing buyer, willing seller and willing player.

"If we'd had an option we would have chosen to keep the player. We feel we were deprived of the opportunity to develop the player to his full potential. We now appeal to the football authorities to mount a combined review of the registration system in place domestically to provide further financial assurances for clubs who lose players to predator clubs."


Ant Dwyer
19 Posted 20/07/2015 at 08:15:34
Regardless of whether they were warned off or not, Jose is right when he says every team has a right to make any bid they choose. We as a club have to grow a set and tell him Stones is not for sale.

We also need to convince Stones that this is the best place for him to play his football. If we can not do this then we have big problems.

Stones as well as Lukaku, Barkley and James McCarthy all have long term contracts, maybe a gentle reminder of this is the next course of action if we fail to convince them.

Murdo Laing
20 Posted 20/07/2015 at 08:12:47
It does make you ponder, doesn't it, Lyndon, as to how Bascombe came into possession of that information about the clandestine meeting between people from the two clubs? Is this a normal thing? Do the mandarins from Premier League clubs normally meet up for high tea in The Dorchester (or wherever?) to try to fend off interest in their players? Hmmmm.

I agree on the point made earlier that Mourinho is simply doing what he always does -- he is playing with the media and using them to his advantage... and he has willing lap-dog journalists from the likes of the Telegraph and the Express eating out of his hand.

Just watch the relentless narrative from the London based media in these final pre-season weeks. It will involve lots of soundbites from Chelsea's media machine proclaiming innocence whilst RM is subjected to the journalistic equivalent of water boarding, questioning his intent to hold on young Stones, his abilities as a manager etc, all of course leading to the inexorable path of a Stones's exit from Everton FC.

Whilst I have strong concerns about RM as our manager, I am with him 100 per cent on this one; he (and the board) must stand strong and continue to tell those classless bastards at Chelsea FC to fuck off. What an odious, repulsive club they are, despite their sickening and ill-gotten wealth.

Nick Page
21 Posted 20/07/2015 at 08:24:50
Brian Roberts, that’s because the NFL is run on a fairly even keel between teams that can compete and the EPL is a 4/6 team money comp run by marketing wankers like that vile prick Scudamore, who are desperate to keep their foreign investors happy (and at the top of the league). Sad but true.
Drew O'Neall
22 Posted 20/07/2015 at 08:56:36
I thought RM’s handling of a Ross Barkley inquiry of a year or two ago when he said at the price he ’wasn’t looking to loan Ross out that year’ was quite snappy, and would have done this time to deride Chelsea’s meagre offer.
Nick Page
23 Posted 20/07/2015 at 09:04:14
There will definitely be a price for Stones but like I've said before, the money won't be reinvested (unlike our neighbours, who are spewing millions up the walls again following the sale of a key player) as there is no ambition and they haven't identified any replacements anyway because if they had we'd have already been in the market for a CB. We aren't.

Interesting to read Lawrenson saying Liverpool should expect another (!) signing because currently they've only net spent half of last years TV money. And we've spent 1/20th. Someone somewhere knows where this money is going.

Ben Dyke
24 Posted 20/07/2015 at 10:16:23
It does make me mad to think not only have we gone backwards since the start of the prem, we still have no new ground, we seem to urinate all the tv money up the wall and are being outspent this transfer window by previous no hopers. Not only that people are choosing to go to these clubs over us. Other than the futures bright! NSNO. Noticeably Stupid Nonentity Owners
Derek Thomas
25 Posted 20/07/2015 at 09:15:49
Nick, where's the money going? – take your pick between 'Other Operating Costs' or BVI... which in real terms may be the same.
Keith Monaghan
26 Posted 20/07/2015 at 10:45:56
I agree with Brian Roberts – the EPL is corrupt and killing football in this country. Tapping up like this should be jumped on – deductions of points, not fines.

All dipsticks like Scudamore care about is "the EPL brand" & lining pockets of hangers on – they've been killing the England team for 10+ years. I was lucky enough to see England win the World Cup; 'cos of the EPL, there's no chance of our grand-kids seeing that never mind our kids.

A salary cap (as per MSL in USA) should be implemented and all clubs in the EPL compelled to have at least 6 English players on the pitch. This would make our clubs develop English players instead of going global importing kids & their parents from all over the globe – and tell the EC to go take a hike if they don't like it.

Brian Porter
27 Posted 20/07/2015 at 10:48:47
If our board have already advised Chelsea in writing that Stones is not available then someone at Chelsea should ORDER their employee, Mourinho, to back off and stop trying to use the media to force us to sell our player. This type of thing used to be known as 'tapping up' and it really has no place in the game.

If a player is under contract, and has not made a transfer request, à la Sterling, it should be illegal for another club to publicly make their intentions to tempt a player to break his contract with his employer. Fair enough if the buying club want to make a private approach, but no way should such matters be conducted as a public media circus.

I used to have a degree of respect for Mourinho but that has now gone out the window faster than you can say 'prawn sandwich'.

Phil Sammon
28 Posted 20/07/2015 at 11:17:46
I see Man City have signed Patrick Roberts from Fulham. Surely we have to stop this sort of thing. He's not going to get near their first team. How many players are just hoovered up and spat out by these clubs?

I don't know what the solution is, but something has to give. If you're young and English you get one good season then you're put out to pasture on £30k per week and playing reserve football for the next 5 years.

Sam Hoare
29 Posted 20/07/2015 at 11:33:17
Yes, Phil. I think it's the side effects of the FFP rules but is actually have a detrimental rather than positive effect as rich clubs buy up these promising young British players to sit on their bench or loan them out and eventually sell for profit. Bad for the players and bad for the smaller clubs.

Not sure how you fix these problems without imposing wage or transfer caps across the board like in the NFL and that ain't ever happening.

David Chait
30 Posted 20/07/2015 at 11:33:59
Ya Phil, I mentioned on another thread yesterday... it could be the worst decision this kid has made. I hope for his sake he goes straight back to Fulham on loan and doesn't see Man City for 4 years.

He needs to be better than anyone in the World who City will just buy above him. Worst club for a youngster to join in my opinion.

Tony Draper
31 Posted 20/07/2015 at 11:30:02
If I recall correctly, Chelsea had almost 40 players out on loan last season. Their Official Website lists 25 players in their first team squad.

FA rules allow a club to "loan in" just four players, and what a hullabaloo Everton caused by doing just that two seasons back. Oddly enough there was hardly a whisper about us then subsequently signing previous loanees.

Surely if there is a limit to "loaning in" then there should also be a fair limit to "loaning out", and certainly that limit should not be almost double the number of players in the first team squad?

Paul Bromley
32 Posted 20/07/2015 at 12:42:30
I see Maureen has learnt from his previous employers at Real Madrid where their strategy was, as with Beckham, to start the rumours early.

Whilst I feel confident EFC can hold out this year we must be watchful of next summer for the seeds of doubt that have been planted...

Amit Vithlani
33 Posted 20/07/2015 at 12:49:22
Brian Porter - I think you will find Mourinho is simply doing what Mourinho does best. Mind games. He wants Stones, Chelsea fans want Stones and the only question is how much cash they are willing to pay to get him.

He is simply doing what he is paid to do ie put the building blocks in place to achieve success, even if it does mean tapping up a highly prized opposition player.

Furthermore, the media will run this story until the transfer window closes.

The heart of the matter here is that, if we are not selling him, how to stop the speculation affecting him. Everton and Stones need to work out a way not to let it bother them. The story will die a death when the transfer window closes.

That is assuming that our beloved BK doesn't actually want to sell.

Roger Sunde
34 Posted 20/07/2015 at 12:58:10
If this turns into another Lescott, we're royally screwed.
Nick Page
35 Posted 20/07/2015 at 12:55:11
They won't touch the loan system because it's the monied clubs that benefit. Any youngsters leaving for these clubs are either delusional or pushed by some greedy agent.

I don't know how many times it takes to show them how wrong it is but they never learn. If they did the system would actually correct itself.

I'd have no qualms with Stones going to Chelsea at 25/26 and having a list of replacements drawn up but not now. It's career suicide.

Richard Reeves
37 Posted 20/07/2015 at 12:51:07
Put a £50 mill price tag on him and tell him it is to warn off other clubs and that any move is down to him if that price is met, simple. If that price tag is considered to be within reach of certain clubs then up it, just make the message clear.
Brian Roberts
38 Posted 20/07/2015 at 13:45:52
Déjà vu all over again... ie, Joleon Lescott...
Patrick Murphy
39 Posted 20/07/2015 at 13:52:12
Mail Online reporting that Chelsea are to submit an improved bid of £26m for Stones and have even offered Stones the Number six shirt, however, they think that Everton are holding out for £30m + and Chelsea may consider Victor Moses being utilised as a make weight in the transfer. This story will not be going away anytime soon.
Brent Stephens
40 Posted 20/07/2015 at 13:54:30
Offering a numbered shirt is an empty gesture. It doesn't guarantee being first pick in any position.
Denis Richardson
41 Posted 20/07/2015 at 16:12:11
Really not sure what all the fuss is about - since when has any club played fully by the rules when it comes to transfers.

If Everton thought sending a fax to Chelsea telling them Stones was not for sale was really going to stop them from doing anything, then they are very naive to say the least.

If the club don’t want to sell him then just say no with every bid and move on. No need to go crying to the press about being annoyed that the news was leaked.

Patrick Murphy
42 Posted 20/07/2015 at 16:19:21

I get your drift about transfers in general but to suggest that Everton went crying to the press is a bit harsh don't you think?. RM only responded to the Newspaper reports following a question from a media representative and Everton FC had responded to Chelsea prior to the bid being leaked to the media.

The end result may well be that Everton lose one of their quality players in the end but I don't think they have so far done anything that could be frowned upon.

Chris Wilson
43 Posted 20/07/2015 at 16:16:53
To be fair Denis Richardson; both parties are crying to the press. It just appears that we did exactly what Mourinho says we haven't done, which is tell him to piss off about trying to buy Stones.

So...Jose is lying, but yes you're right; rules regarding transfer protocols are constantly being broken. Everyone knows Chelsea is doing it, but Jose turns on the charm and the press plays the old "Oh Jose, we can't stay mad at you" card.

James Ridley
44 Posted 20/07/2015 at 16:22:26
We have spent £4.2 million this window. Surely that's not it!!

Turned down a bid of £6 million for Mirallas ... we are hoping for £8 million. He's 27 and on his day very very good. Downing gone for £7 million, Roberts? £11 million. What is going on? Surely he's at least £12 million even with a year to go!

I think all the managers went on a stag do but because Martinez couldn't make it they all said, "Right, let's really take the piss and ruin Everton FC. Put in as many low bids as possible and unsettle all the players and, if Everton ask after our players, double their price (Dann, Lennon etc...). Problem was it was BK's stag do and he came up with the idea! !!

Jim Lloyd
45 Posted 20/07/2015 at 21:24:17
I don't think Roberto was crying to the press by complaining about Chelsea making a bid. He was pointing out that to make the bid Public is not on. He has stated that we don't make public what bid we make for a player.

I don't know what the rules are to be honest but it does seem ungentlemany (at the very least) to make public a bid for a player.
It shows me what an ungentlemanly prick Maureen is.

Ross Edwards
46 Posted 20/07/2015 at 22:02:58
Martinez did go crying to the press. It was embarrassing to be honest. Instead of talking about how we do things the right way and how we try and do this and that and Chelsea don't and how it's not fair etc, all he needed to say were the following words:

'I'd like to make it clear today to the press, Chelsea Football Club and Jose that John Stones is not for sale and that no bids for him will be considered in this or any future window.'

That would have killed the story there and then. Instead we had Mourinho and his circus and the press saying 'Martinez angrily blasts Chelsea' etc and turned it into an unnecessary palaver.

Tony Abrahams
47 Posted 20/07/2015 at 22:41:21
Talk now is of £34 Million. It's very unsettling for the squad, and if Stones is happy, then Chelsea should be told he's NOT FOR SALE AT ANY PRICE.

With all the money in football, Everton would be sending out all the wrong signals if Stones was sold, unless the world record for a defender is broken.

It is the last thing we need now though, with a new season approaching.

Chris Jones
48 Posted 20/07/2015 at 22:54:46
Sorry guys, all these comments along the lines of 'tell Chelsea to do one' followed by something like, 'unless a bid of XX million comes in/transfer record'. Are just pissing me off. Exactly the wrong message. So what do you do with the money? It's been said before, but here it comes again – we are already one CB short; we'd need to buy two; any potential selling club would know this.

So far, the club have done the right thing – told Chelsea no in a private letter. Chelsea are clearly not respecting that and are conducting their courtship publicly through the media. So now it's time for Everton to respond just as publicly: a statement in a press conference saying John Stones is not for sale. How bloody hard is that?

Jim Bennings
49 Posted 20/07/2015 at 23:30:48
I seriously hope none of the English sides do anything at all in the Champions League this season, hope they all fall flat on their face at the group stage. Why should we support a bunch of bullying arrogant cheats basically?

Stones will leave, probably for £34 million yes, but I'd play hard ball and try and get the full £40 million or tell them to fuck off!!

I'm getting to the point now with football and Everton in general the way we are run, the lack of marketing skills etc, where I don't even care; if Stones goes, so be it. He's got a great future sure but he's never been a modern day stalwart, I was more gutted when Cahill and Arteta left because of the time they spent here.

Get £40 million off Renta-club and spend it on at least two of these four:

Ryan Shawcross, Charlie Austin, a top quality creative midfielder that can find a pass and can move forward, and finally a goalkeeper, a proper Number One to replace Howard, be it Ospina or Tom Heaton, whoever.

Keith Monaghan
50 Posted 20/07/2015 at 23:41:10
I agree with many of the sentiments expressed here regarding telling Chelski where to go; however, I think the best approach is, given the club have already told Chelski its position BEFORE the £20M bid, to say nothing further publicly.

Giving more publicity to it will only make matters worse by drawing more attention to it and making it become a saga and drawing more attention to the lad himself. We are Evertonians aren't we? Some on here need to start supporting our club instead of forever criticising BK & RM.

Sam Hoare
51 Posted 20/07/2015 at 23:45:57
£34m rumoured bid now. If that's true then I think he'll be off.

Then we'll have to pay top dollar for a bog standard CB. £16m for Shawcross or some such nonsense.

Oh dear.

Jamie Crowley
52 Posted 20/07/2015 at 23:57:32
Sam, my son just told me the same rumor...

Not good. Hard to turn that down.

Crap, this doesn't encourage me.

Tony Abrahams
54 Posted 21/07/2015 at 07:10:55
Chris, I know it's the wrong message, but if he his going to go, I don't think that getting over £50 million would be sending out the wrong message. I hope he stays.

We sold Lescott for £24 Million and signed 3 players that made the squad a bit bigger, but not much better with the money.

We do need players, but we don't seem in a hurry. Maybe we are waiting to sell before we buy AGAIN? We are a club, that bring out so much speculation from our own supporters, it's very soul searching.

Brian Harrison
55 Posted 21/07/2015 at 07:46:02
Whether John Stones joins Chelsea will not be either clubs decision, this decision will be made by Stones himself. I am sure he will have spoken to RM about this is it's out in the open.

He will have told RM if he wants to join Chelsea, and if he does the best we can do is get the best possible price. It is also important that we identify who we need and get the deal done.

Colin Glassar
56 Posted 21/07/2015 at 07:44:22
Latest rumours;

Daily Mail - John Stones seen buying CFC pyjamas in Harrod's.
Daily Mirror - Stones tells friends he's desperate to sit on chavs bench
Daily Telegraph - Young defender begs Martinez to let him play for boyhood heroes.
The Guardian - England defender prepared to play for free to force dream move
The Sun - Chelsea boss seen courting young defender in Fortnum & Mason's
Metro - Chelsea fan, John Stones, begs manager to let him go.
The Independent - Everton chairman, Bill Kenwright, abducted by aliens

Three days old now and the rags are still churning out the same old rehashed shite. So now it's £26M? Tomorrow £31M and final offer £35M? I wouldn't lose to much sleep over this media-fed frenzy tbh. There's not one credible source to back the theory that the lad is pushing for a move or, even unsettled.

They can write all they want about how the lad would fit in the Chelsea squad, how he'd develop alongside JT, what a great move it would be for him, how poor little Everton will be unable to resist the siren of the Russian whore etc.... The fact is, we don't want to sell, we don't need to sell FULL FUCKING STOP!!!

Yes, we've been through this before with Rooney and Lescott etc... but we've also stopped Seamus and Baines from leaving recently. This is not the same old prostrate EFC of 10, even 5 years ago. We aren't flush with cash but we aren't desperate either. Only Stonesy can make this move happen and as far as I know, he won't.

So stop your worrying and sit back and enjoy the media circus. As the days pass by the hacks will become increasingly hysterical and desperate to satisfy their paymasters. Rumours will abound of flare ups between player and manager, tears, tantrums, hot flushes, door slamming etc.... It's all part of the psychological war that Chelsea will now wage between now and August 31st.

Liam Reilly
57 Posted 21/07/2015 at 11:46:34
Ross # 45

"I'd like to make it clear today to the press, Chelsea Football Club and Jose that John Stones is not for sale and that no bids for him will be considered in this or any future window.'"

FFS - How can you make this thread RM's fault? He's the manager not the owner. Remember Howard Kendall saying Big Dunc was not for sale and he was gone 48 hours later.

Richard Humphrey
58 Posted 21/07/2015 at 22:45:03
I think you will find it was Walter Smith.

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