• Everton chairman Bill Kenwright confirms John Stones’ transfer request has been turned down 
  • The 21-year-old handed in a request on Tuesday to force Chelsea move 
  • The Premier League champions have had three bids rejected for the England defender 
  • Roberto Martinez has insisted that Everton will not sell Stones this summer

Adam Smith For Mailonline

Everton have confirmed that defender John Stones’ transfer request was turned down on Thursday following a statement from chairman Bill Kenwright.

The England international is keen to push through a move to Chelsea and felt he had no other option but to take the drastic action with a formal request. 

The Premier League champions have had three bids of £20million, £26m and £30m for the defender rejected but they are expected to return with a fourth offer of £33m soon.

Chelsea target John Stones handed in a transfer request on Tuesday and wants to join Chelsea

In a statement on the club’s official website, Kenwright reiterated that the 21-year-old will not be sold this summer.

He said: ‘Everton Football Club has rejected a transfer request from John Stones.

Since the start of the transfer window, we have resolutely turned down offers from another Premier League football club for our player.

John is not for sale and he will remain a highly valued member of our first team squad.’ 

The defender started as Everton were taken to extra time by Barnsley before winning 5-3 in the League Cup

The defender started as Everton were taken to extra time by Barnsley before winning 5-3 in the League Cup

Everton manager Roberto Martinez said after the game the club would reject Stones' request on Thursday

Everton manager Roberto Martinez said after the game the club would reject Stones’ request on Thursday

Roberto Martinez was also bullish about the defender is refusing to be pressurised either by Stones or by Chelsea, who have aggressively pursued the England international all summer and will guarantee him regular football.

Martinez has previously said it ‘would make no difference’ if Stones made his desire to leave official and stuck to his word after Everton needed extra time to beat Barnsley 5-3 in an absorbing Capital One Cup tie.

When asked if Everton had rejected the request, Martinez said: ‘Not yet – because today was a match day and that was the priority. We will reject it in the morning and get on with our business.

‘I am repeating myself but I don’t think it is right for the football authorities to allow the window to be open when there are important games. We shouldn’t put our players under that massive pressure. It becomes a bit of a circus.

Phil Jagielka and Stones celebrate Barnsley's Marc Roberts scoring an own goal on Wednesday

Phil Jagielka and Stones celebrate Barnsley’s Marc Roberts scoring an own goal on Wednesday

‘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. Clearly we have got to a point – in life and football – when sometimes money can’t buy everything.

‘I think that is going to be a very strong statement at Everton. 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.

‘This is not a moment of the campaign when we can use any money to get us stronger. John is under massive, massive pressure and I thought he was terrific. I think it is wrong for the window to be open. The situation is very clear. We are going to protect him and give him everything we can.’ 

Chelsea have already seen three offers for Stones rejected and are expected to return with a fourth

Chelsea have already seen three offers for Stones rejected and are expected to return with a fourth

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