Last night, Everton announced via their club’s official website that they have rejected John Stones’ transfer request.
Roberto Martinez insists it was vital Everton made a stand to keep John Stones as he looks to finally draw a line under the saga of the summer.
Stones was told by Martinez in a meeting at Finch Farm on Thursday that his transfer request would not be accepted and Chelsea have now decided, after having four failed bids for the England international, to walk away.
The club statement from Bill Kenwright states, “Since the start of the transfer window, we have resolutely turned down offers from another Premier League football club for our player.
John is not for sale and he will remain a highly valued member of our first team squad.”
Martinez does not think he has damaged his long-term relationship with Stones, even though he has denied him his wish to join the champions, and he is now concentrating on bringing in the players Everton need before the window closes.
‘You can imagine that it has been a really emotional period for all those involved,’ he said. ‘We need authorities to act.
‘We can’t afford to leave players so exposed. You need to be able to think about career and future but you need to think about games and it is disrespectful to fans to have that.’