Everton have rejected two offers from Chelsea for Stones and officially informed the Londoners that they are not interested in doing business over the defender this summer but press speculation continues to rumble on, with Manchester United the latest reported suitors.
Martinez was asked about Stones at his pre-match press conference ahead of the trip to Southampton and he again made his position clear.
"I've said before, the player is not for sale and that's the end of it," he said
"Our situation has been very clear from the beginning. We are not a selling club who will lose our best performers.
"He's a huge player for us, a very important player for us and we're looking forward to seeing how he develops with us in the next few seasons."
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1 Posted 13/08/2015 at 15:36:18
What a player this kid is.
2 Posted 13/08/2015 at 15:39:58
3 Posted 13/08/2015 at 15:46:45
4 Posted 13/08/2015 at 15:50:51
If Stones is still with us by the end of the transfer window, a huge round of applause for RM, BK and young Stones. There is still hope for the future!
5 Posted 13/08/2015 at 15:54:53
6 Posted 13/08/2015 at 16:04:28
Can you imagine asking him what he'd like for breakfast?
7 Posted 13/08/2015 at 16:19:31
Has anyone actually seen/heard part of the interview where he said 'not for sale'?
8 Posted 13/08/2015 at 16:30:55
9 Posted 13/08/2015 at 16:33:51
Around the six minute mark.
10 Posted 13/08/2015 at 16:37:58
11 Posted 13/08/2015 at 16:38:45
12 Posted 13/08/2015 at 16:58:28
If we sell Stones now, RM is going lose face so badly over this and Everton are going to look like even bigger mugs than they already are. Surely now, this has to be put to bed, but we all know the media will casually gloss over this comment and carry on regardless...
13 Posted 13/08/2015 at 17:21:44
14 Posted 13/08/2015 at 17:52:45
15 Posted 13/08/2015 at 18:00:45
Now here we are today and our manager is repeating the same message in different words. Absolute credit to John Stones and his agent for keeping silent on the matter.
The craploids and talkshite have created all manner of contorted mislogic almost every day to keep this "fairy story" running. What a complete contrast to the dreadful "toys on the nursery floor" tantrums witnessed/reported/created throughout the media circus to sell sterling for our neighbours (the worlds fastest fading giant).
16 Posted 13/08/2015 at 18:10:32
Fucking press, they'll now try to whip up a frenzy for Man Utd to buy him over the next couple of weeks, no doubt, with the bait being Jonny Evans.
On that note, I think Evans would be a realistic shout for us given the fact he'll be mostly second-fiddle anyway, he's the right age, has PL experience, lives in the North West and is about the calibre (realistically) we can hope for in truth. I know we'd all like a 25yr old Franco Baresi but it's just not going to happen.
17 Posted 13/08/2015 at 18:12:45
Hats off to everyone especially Stones if he stays, as this would show all clubs that all the so called bigger clubs can't just wave there cheque books in the air and buy all the best players.
Stones has the Everton fever like we all do and knows what's good for him, he has a bright future the future Everton and England captain.
18 Posted 13/08/2015 at 18:14:51
19 Posted 13/08/2015 at 18:22:04
To be fair, Hannibal Lecter would treat her better than Jose Meanego !
On the subject of JM, surely it's not only Me that's been saying that he was a very very jolly soul when he first returned to CFC but from about early Feb last season he has become very churlish, petulant and it not only his team that has become highly defensive. Last time this happened he fucked off. (*fingers crossed*).
20 Posted 13/08/2015 at 18:31:24
21 Posted 13/08/2015 at 19:29:38
22 Posted 13/08/2015 at 19:33:01
23 Posted 13/08/2015 at 20:00:05
I think we need now to get behind the manager and the players because if we got divine intervention from above and Jesus became our manager I think he'd be hard pressed to get many points from the next 9 games.
They look a shocking set of fixtures.
24 Posted 13/08/2015 at 20:00:41
25 Posted 13/08/2015 at 20:08:15
26 Posted 13/08/2015 at 20:14:13
But my mate wouldn't lie about it, whether Alan Myers was just being mischievous or misinformed is another thing.
27 Posted 13/08/2015 at 20:26:39
28 Posted 13/08/2015 at 22:20:37
29 Posted 13/08/2015 at 22:34:28
30 Posted 14/08/2015 at 02:57:03
Martinez spouted all this stuff in Singapore. We even had the mysterious letter. Chelsea still shoved in bids and orchestrated loaded interviews with Mourinho, Cahill and Terry. Terrible stuff but they believe there are no rules in the transfer business.
They believe "smaller other clubs" also work their own rules for their own benefit, especially if they own a promising young English talent. This is why, according to Slimey Jose, the top clubs have very few high level English youngsters. Their price is above what the money boys are prepared to pay for someone with so little experience.
It'll take more than the words of a coach to put a halt to this business and the media know it. This is serious stuff with two and a half weeks still to go.
Personally, I believe it highly unlikely that any club out there will meet our valuation of Stones and expect him to stay. We'll see.
32 Posted 15/08/2015 at 01:52:21
This gives us money for 'new' players whilst retaining the services of the best centre half in the Premier League, plus gives us the opportunity to find a quality replacement before the season ends.
33 Posted 17/08/2015 at 15:19:44
Even then, we should reject the bid.
34 Posted 17/08/2015 at 15:22:49
35 Posted 17/08/2015 at 15:32:52
Some passionate toffee came on and unfortunately blurted out that Kenwright was a liar, without any evidence or in fact and charge! This set the scene and allowed Wright to deduce we are a selling club and will sell Barkley, Stones, Lukaku and Mirallas, and then not get the money to reinvest.
Drove me to turn Radio 1 on.... That is bad....
36 Posted 17/08/2015 at 15:36:01
38 Posted 17/08/2015 at 15:40:37
39 Posted 17/08/2015 at 15:43:31
40 Posted 17/08/2015 at 15:51:52
This underlines the ridiculous way in which we have to sell first to buy even with the increased TV money.
41 Posted 17/08/2015 at 15:59:17
Hence the protests, whereÃ¢Â€Â™s the money gone etc etc. And if we did get 㿊M, 20% goes straight to Barnsley, another load finds its way into some expense accounts with the rest giving us about 㾸M for one new signing, in a years time. The Bill Kenwright way.
44 Posted 17/08/2015 at 16:21:12
If the club forces Martinez's hand and sells Stones, I can only imagine there will be an almighty uproar from the fans when you consider the current climate; it will be like Heathrow over Goodison Park!!!
I stated in an earlier post, in my humble opinion, it's a bit too soon for Stones; he is still learning his trade and he only broke into the first team a year ago .
After watching Chelsea yesterday, I have no doubt they will come in with a £30M+ final offer but I think it will be rejected and, as someone posted, if we are in a position that have to sell to buy, then so be it; we keep Stones and go with the squad we have!
46 Posted 17/08/2015 at 16:48:50
RM has made it clear from the start that we aren't selling him. He chats a lot of shit, but I believe him on this. He has a vision and he's stubborn. Stones isn't for sale and RM won't change his mind. I believe that BK has bought into RM's vision, I don't think he will undermine him on this.
We could have sold McCarthy for £20 million, and we have players that can fill his position. We didn't because we don't need to, and want to keep our best players. No way will we sell Stones and be left with one senior centre-back.
3 players will come in. Nobody will leave unless RM no longer wants them.
Maybe the TV money hasn't given us a huge warchest, but it's allowed us to offer better contracts to existing players that we wish to keep. It also means that we don't need to sell.
47 Posted 17/08/2015 at 17:30:01
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