£40M Chelsea and Man United target’s manager rules out move

Everton’s Roberto Martinez has ruled out the potential sale of John Stones in January, the Mail reports.

The centre-back was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea this summer, with the club publicly admitting an interest in his signature, before failing with three offers for his signature.

Stones moved to hand in a transfer request before the window shut, which was rejected, as his club insisted they would not be bullied into selling their valued players.

The Blues had been expected to try once again for his signature in January, while Manchester United are also being touted to make an offer next month.

Martinez has ruled out the possibility of him leaving this winter however, whilst claiming none of his first-team stars will be leaving in the coming window.

He said: ‘It doesn’t matter if Chelsea come back in for him. We created a squad to see how far we could go over 10 months. January doesn’t come into consideration.

‘We’ll never lose anyone in January — unless it’s somebody who hasn’t been playing and we need to find a solution. If he’s a top performer, it’s not even a consideration.’

Romelu Lukaku is also being linked with a big-money move to Man United, but Martinez’s words will also rule out his possible exit, although it would not be the first time that a player was sold after being claimed unavailable for transfer…

Updated: December 16, 2015 — 12:19 pm
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