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Martinez: Stones stance shows Everton’s principles

Roberto Martinez feels Everton’s refusal to sell John Stones to Chelsea speaks volumes about the club’s principles and desire to go forward.

Chairman Bill Kenwright denied the central defender his chance to leave after he handed in a transfer request amid consistent interest from the Premier League champions.

Martinez confirmed he expects Stones to play against Spurs at White Hart Lane on Saturday and reiterated his belief the youngster is in the right place to further his development.

“John Stones will be ready [to play against Spurs] because he is in the perfect environment,” he told reporters in his pre-match briefing.

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“The chairman was really strong yesterday; he’s put things very, very clear.”

According to the Toffees boss, Kenwright’s stance on the move should be welcomed by everyone with the club’s interests at heart.

He said: “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.”

Some fans vented their frustration at the 21-year-old during the Capital One Cup victory at Barnsley in midweek after hearing of his written request to leave the club.

Martinez is urging supporters to get behind the player now that the club has clarified its stance.

“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,” he said.

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