Jose Mourinho has revealed Chelsea are interested in signing Everton’s John Stones.
Stones appeared for Everton in their 1-3 loss to Arsenal in the Barclays Asia Trophy, and Everton have rejected a bid for him from Chelsea.
Mourinho told Sky Sports News: “We made a bid because we like the player, we don’t make bids for players we don’t like — but I respect Everton. It’s up to them — everything is in their hands.”
“I don’t speak about him [Stones] because he’s not my player. We’ve made the bid and the bid is there. Everton have the power to accept or refuse the bid.”
“This is a problem between John Stones and Everton. When the transfer window is open, every club and player is open to bids. Bids come for our players and we make bids for other players. The process can be so simple.”
“I would advise Roberto Martinez to do the same thing I do. If I don’t want to accept any offer, I say ‘I don’t accept any offer.’ He can make it very, very easy.”
Everton manager Roberto Martinez was angry over Mourinho’s public statements, describing it as a disappointment.
“There is the disappointment of a club making a statement to the press and making it openly.
“I don’t think we’d do it and speak about a player. John Stones is an Everton player, full stop.”