Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted his club made a bid for John Stones but says any deal for the defender is in Everton’s hands.
The Toffees are believed to have rejected a £20m offer for the 21-year-old, who has four England caps.
“We made a bid because we like the player,” Mourinho told Sky Sports News.
“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.”
Any move would see Everton make a huge profit on a player they signed for £3m from Barnsley in 2013.
“I don’t speak about [Stones] because he’s not my player,” Mourinho added.
“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.”
Meanwhile the 21 year old Barnsley born defender has sternly warned to desist from paying attention to advances from the Abramovich’s mercenary, Martinez expressed his frustration news of the bid had become public.
“There is the disappointment of a club making a statement to the press and making it openly,” the Spaniard said after his side’s 3-1 pre-season loss to Arsenal in Singapore.
“I don’t think we’d do it and speak about a player. John Stones is an Everton player, full stop.”
Stones said at a sponsor’s event on Friday night: ”I am very happy at Everton.“