Another day in the Football Transfer Tavern, and another story on the future of John Stones.
Reports that Chelsea are set to bid £40million for the Everton youngster have already been the topic of conversation amongst a few pints today, and now our landlord has the latest news from someone inside the Everton camp.
Toffees striker Steven Naismith has had his say on the summer’s latest transfer saga, urging his teammate to ignore the lure of the reigning champions and Champions League football to stay and learn from… Phil Jagielka.
“There’s so much to think about, and Phil Jagielka is a great mentor”, Naismith told the Daily Mirror.
“He’s a great leader – not just for defenders, but our squad as a whole. I think John, if you ask him, he would be one of the first to mention him as one of the folk he’s learnt off most at the club.
“Everton is a fantastic place to be. The club as a whole is a well-run club.”
The Toffees have made a decent start to the season, with a win and a draw from their opening two matches. Naismith believes Stones is crucial to manager Roberto Martinez’s vision of building a team around young talent such as him, Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku.
“Clubs give out a contract to players and they sign it,” said the Scotland international forward. “They believe they are going to be there and the manager thinks he’s building a squad around them.
“The manager has made the club’s stance very clear – and it’s a good thing to hear, as a player, that your best players want to be kept.”
Our resident Everton fans here in the Transfer Tavern are desperate to see Stones stay at the club, but admit they would accept £40 million for the player, as that would give Martinez funds to improve the squad before the end of the transfer deadline!