Friday, 28 August 2015

Fans will help Stones re-settle

John Stones: Had Everton transfer request turned down on Thursday
Roberto Martinez is confident Everton's fans will help John Stones settle back in at Goodison Park after he failed to secure a move to Chelsea.
Stones had a transfer request rejected by Everton chairman Bill Kenwright on Thursday as he looked to push through a move to Chelsea.
Stones was jeered by some Everton fans when they played at Barnsley in the Capital One Cup - and Martinez says he understands the fans emotions but expects the furure to die down now he is staying at Goodison Park.
"Of course the fans at one point thought they were going to lose one of the most-loved assets at our football club and the emotions are going to be high and full of feelings that you're going to show," Martinez said.
"John knows where he is; the fans, they are going to play an incredible role in helping John to settle in and to get back to being fully focused on winning football games for Everton."
Martinez, who has consistently said Stones is not for sale, now considers the matter closed and believes Stones will be mentally focused to face Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
"John Stones will be ready [to play against Spurs] because he is in the perfect environment," said Martinez.
"It's been an emotional time for everyone but John is one of our most loved assets and he'll be ready."
"The chairman was really strong yesterday, he's put things very, very clear.
"It's vitally important to show that we have got our own ambitions and our own projects and we don't rely on big offers coming in.
"Many, many football clubs would have try to get the biggest deal they could do and take the money and allow the sale to happen.
"It shows we've got an incredible chairman and all he wants is the best for the football club, he's being doing that for many, many years and hasn't been given the credit he deserves.
"Every single Evertonian can be extremely proud to keep one of our most treasured younger players and make sure we build a winning team.
"It seems like money can buy anything these days and clearly what we stand for at Everton is more important values - in football and in life - that they are more important than money."
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