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Everton face battle to keep John Stones as he moves closer to Chelsea


Everton will fight to keep defender John Stones at the club, manager Roberto Martinez has insisted.

According to recent reports, Chelsea are ready to offer £40m to secure the services of the 21-year-old.

But Martinez says the Toffees don't need Chelsea's money and will reject all offers for the youngster.

"Sometimes money can't buy everything and that is going to be a very strong statement at Everton," Martinez told reporters.

"This is not a moment when we can use any money to get us stronger.

"John, for a young man under massive pressure, was terrific.

"We have a chairman who will do the right thing for the club and for the team and, as a true Evertonian, we are clear he will not be easily influenced in taking the money and accepting things which will clearly make our team weaker.

"The situation with John is very clear.

"We care about him, we will protect him and make sure we give him everything we can to allow him to enjoy his football."

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