Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern hoping for a quick rest-bite before work have had their plans shattered, as Everton fans mock their ill-fated pursuit of one of the Toffees best players.
Chelsea have pursued the 21-year-old since the summer but have failed with numerous bids, though the Blues are expected to try again next month as they attempt to save their derailing season.
However, Martinez issued another hands-off warning with his latest comments and he confirmed Stones understands a January transfer is not possible.
“It doesn’t matter if Chelsea come back in for him. We created a squad to see how far we could go over 10 months. January doesn’t come into consideration,”
“We’ll never lose anyone in January — unless it’s somebody who hasn’t been playing and we need to find a solution. If he’s a top performer, it’s not even a consideration.”
“When you are right in the middle of a season, I think players understand that you can’t sell someone if you can’t replace him. I think the uncertainty comes in the summer, where everyone speaks about possibilities.”
“January is a window to solve problems with players who are not featuring as often as they feel they should, or to bring in players from a lower league to give them an opportunity.”
Those comments have put Everton fans in the bar in full celebration mode as they pray they can secure a Champions League place this season, whilst the Chelsea supporters are wondering what else could go wrong.
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