Martinez annoyed by Terry's 'illegal' tactics

by | 07/08/2015  64 Comments  [Jump to last]
Roberto Martinez boss has hit out at John Terry for publicly trying to tempt John Stones to Stamford Bridge.

The Chelsea captain is the latest high-profile figure at Chelsea to talk to the media about the 21-year-old defender who Everton have repeatedly said is not for sale.

The Champions are in the market for a long-term successor to Terry whose top-flight career is drawing to a close and both Jose Mourinho and Stones's England international colleague Gary Cahill have spoken about Everton's prized defensive asset since news of Chelsea's first bid of 20m was released.

The Blues have since rejected a second offer of 26m, a figure that falls well short of the club's evaluation of Stones and have officially indicated that they have no intention of selling him this summer.

One day I wont be in the team but Chelsea are looking to the likes of John Stones for the future, so the club will continue to grow and do well," Terry said this week, a comment that Martinez feels is the latest move from Chelsea to "tap up" his centre half.

The Spaniard has shown his displeasure by saying: That is wrong; that is illegal. The rules dont allow you to comment on players who are registered at other clubs in that open manner. That is disappointing.

"We all know there are rules and regulations and it is something we dont want to see when other clubs speak about your players. It is wrong and it shouldnt happen. As clubs we have a good understanding of where we are.  


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Craig Fletcher
1 Posted 07/08/2015 at 00:40:50
Chelsea are a gutter club and there are no levels they won't stoop to.

Cant' wait for the day Abramovich's money dries up, and that little club crawls back to under the little stone from which they emerged.

Sean McCarthy
2 Posted 07/08/2015 at 00:57:49
This is a club that sacked one of the most respected coaches in the game (Anceloti) in a corridor in front of the media. Classless.
So to be fair I'd expect nothing less. Stick lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig
Jim Knightley
3 Posted 07/08/2015 at 00:58:33
Good. I want to see more of Martinez criticising managers and hopefully referees this season. He needs to be bolder and stronger.

Chelsea are doing exactly what clubs sometimes do. It's exactly what Barca did when trying to lure Fabregas from Arsenal. It's not on, and it's not acceptable. I would love it if we keep him, and if he has to go, then he should go on own terms and Chelsea should be made to pay over £30mil for a defender with clear defensive issues in his game.

They are a horrible club, and Mourinho is a massive prick, who attempts to irritate and troll his opponents at every turn. I'm hoping that Arsenal take their title this season.

Ant Dwyer
5 Posted 07/08/2015 at 01:07:13
Agreed, Jim Knightley.

Martinez needs to come out fighting this season if he is to keep his job and the fans on side, he has played Mr Nice Guy for too long.

No more being a door mat and no more talking shit to cover up for shite performance by his team first and foremost, and also by referees.

Slamming John Terry is not too hard either cos his name is shite already... so rip in, Bobby lad.
James Stewart
6 Posted 07/08/2015 at 01:08:48
Every right to report them over this but it's ultimately futile. This all just has an air of inevitability about it. I would be very surprised if Stones is still here come the 1st of September and am pretty sad about it. We would be losing a top class player who hasn't even started to peak. £30M is a joke.
Gavin Johnson
7 Posted 07/08/2015 at 01:31:55
If Stones goes anywhere (I really hope not) it will be to United. They're his boyhood club and they'll spend more than Chelsea. They've also got squad players like Januzaj and Herdandez that Martinez would likely to be interested in.
Paul McGinty
8 Posted 07/08/2015 at 01:48:43
John Terry, role model extraordinaire... apart from the racial slur at the boy Ferdinand, assaulting American tourists after 9-11, having a ding-dong with his teammate's significant other, and doing tours of the training ground for the press as a side job, he's a pretty classy sort of guy.

No wonder the media love JT. He's teflon apparently.

William Cartwright
10 Posted 07/08/2015 at 05:35:21
Roberto's response is fine, but disdain (not Distin) would be better! Just ignore the pricks. Man Utd may be a possible destination but I hope not -- certainly not this season, if ever.
Peter Fearon
11 Posted 07/08/2015 at 05:52:23
Fending Off Football's Predators

The media came down like a ton of bricks on Raheem Sterling when he extricated himself from his club and moved to Manchester City – and with some justification. So why is there is no similar sense of outrage at the way Jose Mourinho, flashing cash like a Las Vegas pimp, is making unethical approaches to prise John Stones away from Everton? It is the mirror image of the same sordid process.

Chelsea has been told by Everton that Stones is not for sale but Chelsea continues to make approaches via the media. I happen to know, having worked in that business, that in some cases members of the media will have been given incentives to float stories about the degree of ChelseaÂ’s continued interest. I heard one radio pundit, claiming to have inside information, revealing how Stones should handle his assumed rivalry with Gary Cahill right down to the actual words he should use. I read a detailed story in one major newspaper about why a move to Chelsea would be exactly what Stones needs at this moment in his career. These are so obviously examples of Mourinho speaking to Stones by proxy that a blind man could see it. No wonder Martinez says Stones is being affected by it.

The underlying assumption in this episode – a very sorry episode if Chelsea succeeds in signing our biggest prospective star — is that the top four or five clubs in the Premier League have some kind of droit de seigneur over the other clubs and their players. It is going to lead to the inevitable widening of the gap between the Favoured Five and the remaining 15 because a club like Everton – or any of a half-a-dozen others – can never improve their standing when any real talent they develop can be readily poached.

The current situation is also bad for young, still developing players. Ask Jack Rodwell how his growth as a player was stunted by his transfer to Manchester City. He played something like 15 matches in two seasons and now is trying to pick up the remnants of what was once a promising career. Yes, injuries played a role but the reality is that he needed to be playing every week at that stage in his career and that was never going to happen.

We all know how corrupt and unethical the handling of the Wayne Rooney transfer was. The same thing could happen tomorrow with Ross Barkley – or any player who shows signs of promise.

There needs to be intelligent reform of the transfer system. As it stands, the ink isn’t dry on some players contracts before rival clubs begin plotting how to get the player away. A new rule, banning the transfer of players until they have completed two thirds or perhaps three quarters of their contracts, would offer stability to both players and clubs. Failing that, one club – perhaps Everton – has to stand up for itself and sue one of the predator clubs and its manager for interference with contract relations. A fat judgement by the High Court would put a stop to these shenanigans.

Darren Bailey
12 Posted 07/08/2015 at 06:12:33
Well said JK. I think as a football club we should actually go one step further and report Chelsea to the FA. Although the FA will do sweet FA about it it will show that we won't stand for that sort of behaviour.

Mourinho and Chelsea are disrespectful of most clubs in the league and I also would love to see them struggle this season. I think it will be very tight up the top with any one of Chelsea, Arsenal, Man Utd or Man City winning it. Also, Terry's a prize wanker as well.

Peter Howard
13 Posted 07/08/2015 at 06:17:55
Spot on Peter (9).
I'd love us to sue Chelsea for incitement to breach a contract.
What a can of worms that would open.
Chris Gould
14 Posted 07/08/2015 at 06:20:43
RM has made it clear that he is building for the future. He has sold his vision to Barkley, Lukaku, Coleman, Garbutt, Deulofeu, Cleverley, Baines, McCarthy and Mirallas. I am certain he has no intention of selling Stones.

If the club sold Stones, then the other players will feel that he has sold them a lie. It's imperative that he stays. It's a statement of intent to the whole club, but most importantly to the other players. They need to believe that they are part of something special. Even after a dreadful season, I think they are still hanging onto that belief and it is our only chance of success.

RM has proved that he is a stubborn man. I believe him when he says that he won't sell Stones.

Matt Traynor
15 Posted 07/08/2015 at 06:24:45
Peter #9, a good description of the system. But it's been going on for years. Football's always been underhand and rotten, but in these days of bloated revenues and wages, the attempts to hide this subterfuge are almost non-existent -- they conduct their shady dealings in plain sight, and perhaps FIFA is the greatest (and by that I mean worst) exponent of this.

One idea I came across a few years ago was from Formula 1. Lewis Hamilton was at McLaren, and it was his first contract -- a 5-year deal worth 㿄m (!) Hamilton was tipped for the top, so how did McLaren protect their investment? They back-loaded the contract. Rather than 5 annual payments of a ٢.8m, his first year was barely over ٟm, then it went up until year 5 was worth 50% of the contract - 㾸m.

I'm not sure this would work in football -- and maybe it wouldn't be in the club's interests either, but maybe it could work for young prospects like Barkley, Stones and even McCarthy -- who was allegedly bleating about a promised pay rise not being fulfilled.

Maybe clubs need to get more creative with their contracts to incentivise younger players to stay. It probably won't work -- sharks like Chelsea could just offer signing on fees to off-set a player's "loss".

But one thing I'd love to see all clubs do. If a player wants to leave, put a fucking transfer request in and get rid of these absurd "loyalty" bonuses -- they're a relic from a bygone era when players weren't paid a lottery win each month.

And Chelsea can fuck off too!

Peter McHugh
16 Posted 07/08/2015 at 06:30:50
Roberto's last sentence is a worry to me.
Nick Entwistle
17 Posted 07/08/2015 at 07:32:37
We can expect tapping up at international level but in the media is pretty low. And don't think agent Ferdinand hadn't got a call... or a tweet... from Old Trafford to say he'd be a lunatic to go to Stamford Bridge.

Anyone know how long his contract has remaining?

Clive Mitchell
18 Posted 07/08/2015 at 07:35:37
The classlessness of Chelsea is legendary. And Paul Whitehouse's 'I buy it' skit soundly based. I'm told when Mourinho was on his way back the club tried to bribe a local church to carry on its building a huge portrait with the legend 'the return of the special one'. The classless ones couldn't understand the impoverished church's principled refusal to accept silly money.
Pete Wilson
19 Posted 07/08/2015 at 08:11:07
If JS has ambitions as a pro then surely the pinnacle is playing and hopefully winning trophies for your country. I haven't seen any mention in the media of how critical this season is for him to be playing regularly for his club to help possibly cement his inclusion in the national squad at the euros next year. As many true football fans can see he isn't the finished article by any means, as such it is crucial at this stage of his career to get game time under his belt. The older he gets and with the right guidance he will be able to fulfill his true potential which as yet looks truly promising.

Has anyone at our club been stressing the fact that one sure fire way for Jags,Stones and Bainsey to be in France next June is to have a great season as a defensive unit. There is no certainty he will get the chance to play week in week out at any club, but as sure as day follows night he has a much better chance staying at Everton this season. No-one knows how they will deal with pressure until it's exerted and with a high profile signing on fee and the expectations that come with it this could really be a huge risk to John's Euro inclusion.

Play him show the fans and players the vision you have for the future and if after hopefully a good season the inevitable re-evaluation process will begin again. This time however with luck it is with a further seasons experience, a seat on a plane to France and the club in an extremely strong bargaining position.

Please RM/BK refuse any short term gain for long term loss and keep the football pariahs in place.

John Atkins
20 Posted 07/08/2015 at 08:12:31
Sean #2

Loved your post so much I copied and pasted on to the comments section in one of the Scumbags daily rags!

Well said -- pigs they are indeed

Tony Abrahams
21 Posted 07/08/2015 at 08:29:42
The thing that I don't get though is, if all this talk is unsettling Stones, why carry on talking about it?

If he was asked a question, fine, I just think he would have been better saying nothing.

Pete Wilson
22 Posted 07/08/2015 at 08:31:48
Nick #15

June 2019

Matt Traynor
23 Posted 07/08/2015 at 09:13:11
Sean #2, John #18 - that corridor was actually at Goodison!
Jim Bennings
24 Posted 07/08/2015 at 09:19:36
I just hope when we play them at Goodison in early September the team can get Lukaku totally fired up to bully the life out of Terry and his odious mates, none of this crap from Lukaku of "I want to play for a club like Chelsea and I'm still a Chelsea fan" , frankly that turns my stomach, I want him to batter Chelsea's defence next month and shove Terry, Mourinho and the rest of their ugly mugs in it.

I still haven't forgotten in February that scumbag Ivanovic strangling McCarthy yet not even getting booked whilst Barry was sent off by a conned referee.

Yes they are a classless club that is basically a fur coat with no knickers, I remember sitting at a ramshackle stadium that made Goodison look like the Stade De France before the Russian mafia took over.

Mark Dunford
25 Posted 07/08/2015 at 09:41:56
Ashamed to belong to same species as Terry. He really does personify the low point in greedy Premier League footballers -- a racist, thief, philanderer, bigot, cheat and carpet bagger. Not really someone to set a positive example; everything wrong with premier league captured in one person.

An achievement of sorts -- given he embraces so much Stones is a wonderful prospect and I don't want him to leave Everton. If he does go, there is no doubt that Man Utd is a better place for him -- and his departure does seem a likely outcome.

Paul Cherrington
26 Posted 07/08/2015 at 09:44:56
To be fair to Martinez, he has done well here in coming out and having a go publicly at Chelsea for this. Good to see us standing our ground and fighting back.
Charlie Gibson
28 Posted 07/08/2015 at 10:26:49
Peter Fearon, the below has really peaked my interest:

"I happen to know, having worked in that business, that in some cases members of the media will have been given incentives to float stories about the degree of Chelsea's continued interest. I heard one radio pundit, claiming to have inside information, revealing how Stones should handle his assumed rivalry with Gary Cahill right down to the actual words he should use. I read a detailed story in one major newspaper about why a move to Chelsea would be exactly what Stones needs at this moment in his career. These are so obviously examples of Mourinho speaking to Stones by proxy that a blind man could see it."

From your experience, do you really think there is a direct link? That Chelsea are instructing certain writers/papers to write particular stories, making untrue claims about Stones and about Everton?

There are avenues for legal recourse here, as Peter Howard suggests. There is no contract between Chelsea and Everton, so no contractual terms to breach. But there are common law torts that Everton could try to use to bring a claim here, as well as the PL rules.

Defamation (slander/libel)? Tenuous but possible... has a false claim been made to a third party? We can't know, but if Chelsea have maliciously and falsely claimed something in a published statement in the press that is untrue, Everton could at least being a claim. The onus would then be on Chelsea to prove that the statement was true, which (as Peter suggests) could open up a can of worms.

Other torts that could be used are Expectiation of Privacy (very tenuous); Breach of Confidence (very possible if the "he's not for sale" letter was confidential, and Chelsea deliberately leaked it to the press); Conspiracy (possible, if it can be shown that Chelsea and certain journalists have colluded illegally to induce Stones to breach his contract). The slam dunk could be the tort of Tortious Interference (intentional interference inducing breach of contract). If Martinez is right that Stones has been detrimentally affected by Chelsea's behaviour, there might just be a claim that Chelsea have disrupted Stones' ability to perform his contract.

If Everton are determined to keep Stones, and if Stones actually wants to stay, then it might be worth the club speaking to their lawyers and making some noises about legal action. There could certainly be grounds for a claim, and even just mentioning that they are considering legal action could stop Chelsea in their tracks. It would be a very interesting turn of events - and is not a tactic we've often seen used in the world of football transfers - but a high profile case like this, whatever the outcome, could just be the jolt the FA needs to sort out the murky, underhand and often-illegal practices that have infected modern football.

Ernie Baywood
29 Posted 07/08/2015 at 10:37:55
Tony #19 Let's not kids ourselves that we're any better. We're just poorer.

Into the media claiming illegal activity is just posturing to me. If it's illegal then do something about it.

Not dissimilar to people who go to the media to tell the world how they were humiliated by some company or other. If you were humiliated then why go to the press and have it in the news? They do it because they want publicity and they're chasing the money.

Sadly, I think that comparison stands.

Drew Shortis
30 Posted 07/08/2015 at 10:41:52
I believe we can stand firm over this. John Stones doesn't seem like the kind of player to kick up a stink / refuse to play or train etc... There's the European Championships coming up and Stones is beginning to establish himself as in the England team on the back of being a regular starter for the Toffee's. Even if he was disappointed not to get a move now he would still have to give it his all this season!

There may be some inevitability that he will eventually leave for Champions League football, but I see no reason why we should be bullied into selling him on the cheap at a time when we are short in that crucial position.

His value is only likely to increase as more teams come in for him and he's only 21 so it's not like his last chance for a big move. The kind of money Chelsea have offered so far is insulting and by next summer I would expect his market value to have doubled.

Everton have taken the right stance as far as I'm concerned. We can't say he's not for sale at any price as if a Raheem Sterling size bid came in from City or United we would be hard pressed to turn it down and the board would be accused of going back on their word. £50m would do it. £20-26-30m is just a joke as everyone knows this lad will soon be worth much more. Stand your ground BK!

Tommy Coleman
31 Posted 07/08/2015 at 10:49:38
The more they talk, the higher the price goes.
Denis Richardson
32 Posted 07/08/2015 at 10:55:49
Much as I dislike Terry, I really can't see what he's done wrong here. All he's basically said is that Chelsea would be better if they had the likes of Stones in the future. What's the issue with that?

Also are we really naive enough to think that players from different clubs don't talk to each other? Every England camp where Stones is picked, he'll be talking to players from all the other clubs, including Chelsea.

Would be better to just ignore the comments and focus on the next game -- if and when another bid comes, then by all means reject it... and then get on with things.

All the club have to do is publicly say he's not for sale (which they have done) and leave it at that. All the other stuff is just unnecessary and makes us look like a whiny little kid. We have more important stuff to focus on, like beating Watford with half our team injured.

Tony Abrahams
33 Posted 07/08/2015 at 11:10:25
That's how I see it Ernie, bid higher!
Colin Glassar
34 Posted 07/08/2015 at 11:36:12
Excellent post, Charlie 24. I suppose journos have always had their favourites but, since the advent of the Premier League billions, too many journos have a 'For Sale' sign around their necks.

It's quite blatant but I suppose with the decline in sales of the printed press they feel the need to guarantee their future income somehow.

Matt Traynor
35 Posted 07/08/2015 at 11:43:03
Enjoying the Terry-love in on here. Few years ago they lost the Champions League final to Man Utd on pens in Moscow.

A journo was in a reception room afterwards for the Chelsea players, and Terry's wife Toni was in floods of tears. Journo remarks how it's refreshing to see the disappointment of the players reflected in the WAGs, to which a Chelsea suit told him that she was crying because the players missed out on a 7-figure bonus...

James Marshall
36 Posted 07/08/2015 at 11:45:10
Chelsea, Gary Cahill, Jose Mourinho and John Terry can all get tae fuck!

Everton seem to be making all the right noises on this now, and given that McCarthy has just signed a new contract and Mirallas about to do the same, I get the feeling Stones won't leave this year.

Getting players to sign new contracts the day before the season starts is also a smart move. Make's a change.

Alan Thompson
37 Posted 07/08/2015 at 11:58:14
The client goes to the prostitute and asks how much would it be for doing this?. The answer is 50 quid. The client says how about 20 quid. The prostitute says I couldn't possibly for less than 40. How about 30 then? What about 35? Agreed.
Which is which?
"I wouldn't sell Our Kid for 50 million."
David Flanagan
38 Posted 07/08/2015 at 11:58:46
Tapping up goes on everywhere and all clubs do it whether it's through the press or player to player or secret meetings with agents. If Stones wants to go then he goes, simple really.
Tom R Owen
39 Posted 07/08/2015 at 12:39:09
The Terry family are sleeze balls. Check out his fathers history and his brothers sexual conquests which resulted in a guy committing suicide.
James Marshall
40 Posted 07/08/2015 at 13:28:25
Also, this comment from RM: "a player can make a decision when the clubs say he can make a decision. There is nothing to make a decision on. There is no negotiation. There is no relationship between the clubs in terms of trying to find a deal."

That sounds encouraging.

Mark Evans
41 Posted 07/08/2015 at 14:27:02
It would be nice to see Everton report Chelski to the FA and even take legal advice regarding the whole matter. Not that they will of course. What goes around comes around and hopefully it will eventually for John Terry and his odious club.

He showed his class by parking his Bentley in a disabled car space amongst other well publicised misdemeanors. He and Chelsea are a marriage made in heaven, nothing surprises me about their behaviour over this whole affair.

Andy Bone
43 Posted 07/08/2015 at 14:27:13
I have said this a number of times, but can't we issue a statement along the lines of "In light of recent persistent comments from Chelsea players (Gary Cahill was interviewed about Stones on Talksport) and bids despite informing of our intention to keep the player, we are no longer doing business with Chelsea."

I know there is the chance that we would want any of their players, but we can go elsewhere.

Peter Fearon
44 Posted 07/08/2015 at 14:43:53
Charlie Gibson: I am afraid my former colleagues who toil in the media are not the most upstanding or honest of professionals. Yes, some of them are acting under encouragement from clubs or agents. It is not as naked as cash in brown envelopes but this is a field which operates on good relationships, favors and rewards.

A similar thing happened two seasons ago with Manchester United, Ross Barkley and Leighton Baines. Out of a clear blue sky newspapers, television and radio were full of reasons why why Barkley and Baines should choose to go to United. It is the club communicating with the player.

Mike Childs
45 Posted 07/08/2015 at 15:12:56
Seems to me RM has a very selective memory as last year he was shooting off his mouth about signing Lukaku but, now that the shoe's on the other foot, he's disgracing the club imo with his whining.
Joe Foster
46 Posted 07/08/2015 at 16:06:01
This I do agree with RM on.
Colin Glassar
47 Posted 07/08/2015 at 16:10:44
Did he Mike? Did he really? I remember him giving the thumbs up to reporters when asked about Lukaku the day before he signed but, prior to that? I can't remember him saying he wanted Lukaku.
John Daley
48 Posted 07/08/2015 at 16:14:46
"He's disgracing the club imo with his whining."

Mike,

How can a manager defending his clubs interests ever be deemed a disgrace by the fans of that same club?

What would you rather he do ["I'd rather he just fuck off", they cry]. He's tried saying that interest in your players from other clubs is part and parcel of the game and nothing to be concerned about, but nobody was listening. He's tried saying Stones is an Everton player, he wants him to remain an Everton player and they don't want to sell him, but the press stories of his imminent departure still persist.

It's the relentless rolling out of 'potential' team mates, former players and media experts in an attempt to unsettle the player that has rattled Martinez's cage and he has a right...I would even go so far as to say a duty to Everton fans...to reply. It's not 'whining' to point out when someone is acting like a total wanker (Judy Finnigan probably spends half her fucking day doing it, but when Richard calls her 'whiny' it's for a totally different reason).

I would deem it a bigger disgrace if he just sat back with his gob stitched shut and let Chelsea, Man Utd or whoever, just steamroller all over us, reverse, get out, wipe their shoes on our crushed corpse and carp on about our player like it's a privilege they're even looking to put some money in our coffers in the first place.

Chris Gould
49 Posted 07/08/2015 at 16:29:52
Mike, the Lukaku transfer was very different as Chelsea had made it clear that they were interested in selling. As Lukaku had been with us on loan the lines of communication were already open.
Dave Ganley
50 Posted 07/08/2015 at 16:49:23
Chelski are just a bunch of chavs who won the lottery. Buying a lot of bling doesn't make you classy.
Phil Rodgers
52 Posted 07/08/2015 at 16:58:12
I actually think Cahill's comments were much worse.
Phil Rodgers
53 Posted 07/08/2015 at 17:00:05
I think Stones head has been turned and this is Martinez showing his disappointment. I reckon he is as good as gone.
Jon Cox
54 Posted 07/08/2015 at 17:47:32
Everyone leave John Terry alone. He's had an outstanding career at Chelsea and is a committed family man.

And furthermore the relationship he's had with his dad is defo not to be sniffed at!

Brent Stephens
55 Posted 07/08/2015 at 17:59:05
Jon #49 - his dad isn't one for "the races", is he?
Keith Glazzard
56 Posted 07/08/2015 at 18:49:52
Abramovich paid £50million for Torres. If he wants Stones he can afford the same. One of his (4) boats cost £300,million.
Jon Cox
57 Posted 07/08/2015 at 19:06:06
Brent, no,

but his mentor Arthur D has just died (George Cole R.I.P.) and it's been "revealed from sources" that his sons best friend Anton is under heavy negotiations with a major burger flipping firm, that he'll be in supervisor (Captain) of the spatula Dept.

Brent Stephens
58 Posted 07/08/2015 at 19:20:36
Wicked, Jon.
Ian McDowell
59 Posted 07/08/2015 at 19:57:22
Jon @ 49 wouldn't it be brilliant for Roberto to use that in a press conference.
Colin Glassar
60 Posted 07/08/2015 at 20:05:18
I'm glad to see Martinez getting his brown shoes dirty. We need to see a bit more of that.
Jon Cox
61 Posted 07/08/2015 at 20:21:46
Ian (54)

Yes.

Jon Cox
62 Posted 07/08/2015 at 20:27:33
Colin, correct mate but we need a bit more intensity.

We need him to "blow a fart in Mourihehores general direction"

Well he would if he was French on the battlements of Arsenals ground (El Cid de stad)

Sean McCarthy
63 Posted 07/08/2015 at 20:41:28
John #18.. ....... Do I get a percentage?????
Chris Wilson
65 Posted 07/08/2015 at 21:07:02
Just read a Daily Mail article where of all people, Jaime Carragher, asserts that John Stones should stay at Everton for TWO years to develop properly. He goes on to say if ever a Champions League quality team comes calling, Stones should leave only when he is ready to walk into their starting 11; not sitting on the bench learning nothing. It's a short, but interesting read. Never thought Carragher would have our backs.
Roger Helm
66 Posted 07/08/2015 at 21:42:27
Let's not forget Terry's habit of urinating on nightclub floors.

Chelsea remind me of John Arlott's comment that there are decent and honest men in football but unfortunately they are outnumbered twenty to one.

Sean Roberts
67 Posted 07/08/2015 at 22:30:40
I would love Everton to announce tomorrow that John Stones has agreed a contract extension that will keep him with us till 2020 our 2 midfielders but can't see it happening. More likely to see him leave before or on transfer deadline day. Just so hope I am wrong!!!
Colin Glassar
70 Posted 08/08/2015 at 12:32:17
So the Gillette Soccer Saturday panel have already sold Stones to Chelsea? Their blatant allegiance to their 'big' clubs is unbelievable and disgraceful.
Paul Jeronovich
71 Posted 08/08/2015 at 13:23:17
I can't see how we can lose on this. Four years left on his deal with the euros round the corner. Tell Stones he is staying this year, more clubs are interested next summer and we get more than the quoted 30mil as a few clubs battle it out. Fact is Chelsea will know that if he has a good tournament, then other clubs will be interested.

Just hope we don't bow to player and media pressure to sell, plus we have to give Barnsley a decent slice so it just makes no sense to sell now.

Colin Glassar
72 Posted 08/08/2015 at 23:19:07
Wow, now Lineker and his merry gang have joined in the 'Stones MUST go to Chelsea' campaign.

For the good of Everton, for the good of football, for the good of morality and principles, for the good of western civilisation, I hope to god that we tell Chelsea, and their media skivvies, to fuck off once and for all!!

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