Martinez: Stones has been affected by Chelsea bids

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said that the recent interest by Chelsea in star defender John Stones has affected the player but says that any further bid is outside his control.

Martinez hopes that Stones can learn from the experience and put it behind him and continue to ply his trade and not let anything bother him.

When asked if the bid had affected Stones Martinez said: “Yes, and it is something where you hope you learn from it and you get more mature and those experiences are good experiences.

“Clearly John is one of the outstanding young talents that we have in the squad and you are going to get that sort of interest from the outside. John is an Everton player and there is nothing else to comment on that.”

When asked about the prospect of Chelsea coming back with an improved offer, Martínez said: “You shouldn’t worry about situations you cannot affect or control.

“I said from the beginning – when you are not a club that is trying actively to sell players, the focus is just to try to be as good as we can at the weekend and see how ready we are individually and as a team. Everything else is stuff that does not bother me now at all.”


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