Following the protracted battle between Chelsea and Everton over the signature of central defender, John Stones, Toffees manager Roberto Martinez has lashed out at Chelsea for trying to ‘click their fingers’ and complete the signing of defender John Stones.
The Blues were reported to have offered close to £40million for the English defendet, who had a transfer request rejected, and Stones now looks likely to stay at Goodison Park despite the Blues’ pursuit.
Martinez said: “It is no good thinking that because you have a Champions League budget you’re going to click your fingers and get anything you want because clearly we don’t work like that.
“As a club we have the player and we can say we are keeping him. We know the pressure that will bring and that is why the chairman deserves incredible credit.
“Any chairman would look at any financial deal as an opportunity to do things but our chairman has done what any Evertonian would do and made the right decision for the football club, not for the financial aspect.
“Any chairman would put his manager into a big problem if he sold one of the club’s biggest assets at this stage of the window, and that happens. But our chairman has been very clear and very strong.
“In any transfer deal a player can make a decision on whether to accept a deal or stay when two clubs agree. In this situation the two clubs never agreed.”
“It is a very tough time for him and, as a player, you are a little bit mixed-up,” he said.
“John is in the middle of that storm but now it is very clear. John needs protection. Our fans will be the first to make him feel safe and make him feel in the right environment.
“The football authorities need to look into it seriously.”
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