Man United transfers: Roberto Martinez addresses John Stones reports
Everton manager Roberto Martinez is adamant John Stones won't be sold amid Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United interest
Roberto Martinez says he is relaxed about the future of Everton centre-half John Stones ahead of the January transfer window.
The England international is one of the Premier League’s most-coveted defenders amid reported interest from Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United ahead of next month’s transfer window.
We’ll never lose anyone in January unless it is somebody who hasn’t been playing and we need to find a solution
Stones has been in impressive form for the Merseyside outfit so far this season, despite the Toffees refusing to sell their centre-half after Everton rebuked a number of offers from defending champions Chelsea in the summer.
Arsenal are reported to have entered the race for the England youngster following Laurent Koscielny’s recent injury blow, whilst 64-year-old Louis van Gaal is facing an injury crisis at Old Trafford.
However, Martinez is confident Everton will keep hold of the former Barnsley defender beyond January despite interest from the Premier League’s biggest clubs.
“It’s very different (in January). When you are right in the middle of the season I think players understand you can’t sell someone if you can’t replace him,” Martinez told Sky Sports.
“The uncertainty comes in the summer where everyone speaks about possibilities. That’s where there is constant talk and debate.
“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.
“We created a squad to see how far we could go over 10 months. January doesn’t even come into consideration. We’ll never lose anyone in January unless it is somebody who hasn’t been playing and we need to find a solution.
“If he is a top performer, it’s not even a consideration.”
The 21-year-old centre-half has made 14 Premier League appearances for the Merseyside outfit this season.
Stones has already played 67 games for the Toffees since his £3m move to Goodison Park from Barnsley in 2013.