Transfer Balls: Everton’s John Stones rejects Chelsea and the chance to ‘win things’
Transfer Balls: news to gladden the hearts in that Everton have rejected a £20 million Chelsea bid for John Stones
Everton say the England Under-21 defender is not for sale at any price. Of course he is. He has to be. A stupid sum of money would tempt Everton to sell. Indeed, the Mail says Chelsea will make improved £26m bid. And the Express – yes, we know, it is full of utter balls – says Everton are making moves to replace Stones:
But the best part of this story is what Stones says. He’s on £30,000 a week. Not a shabby sum, but far less than Chelsea would pay him:
“I am very happy to be at Everton for the future. My aim right now is to try and nail down a regular spot in this Everton team and hopefully that will take care of playing for England. I have to keep learning off the likes of Phil Jagielka and keep progressing at this club.”
Hurrah! That’s what fans want to hear their young player say. The recent hideous agent-fed phrase – “I want to win trophies” – sticks in the craw. It’s not all about what you want. It’s about the team.
Stones might just be the antidote to the familiar cries to the craven footballing mercenary.