“During this tough period we are going to be there for him“, Martinez said.
“We are a big football club with an incredible tradition and we will carry on giving him everything we can”.
Everton defender John Stones has been forced to leave his home and stay in a hotel this week.
Stones, who faced Tottenham in the 0-0 draw days after having a transfer request rejected, has been caught in the middle of a battle of wills between his club and Chelsea. Although understandably, Juventus have been keen on keeping the player.
“Maybe if you play badly but win, it’s not good“. If you commit yourself for five years there is some sort of responsibility behind that decision.
“It shouldn’t be about if their team keeps players or if rumours surrounding them are true”. Players are human and they deserve to be able to consider the next move in their careers but we are attempting to build the club and get to a Wembley final.
Asked if Stones had expressed regret to him over the transfer request, Martinez added: “No, no, no. We haven’t spoken about that”. He played against Barnsley [in the Capital One Cup] for the whole game and he had the same desire that he showed today.
Martinez is confident there will be no backlash when Stones features away to Tottenham Hotspurtoday. John has been put in a position that is very unfair. “This is about values and John is a vital part of our future”.
Martinez went on to defend his player, while taking a swipe at potential buyers by saying that a point has been reached in life and in football where “money can’t buy everything“.
“They looked a little bit fresher, but overall I couldn’t be happier”. But there looked set to be decisive movement in Chelsea’s favor earlier this week when Stones handed in a transfer request. As far as Everton are concerned, there is no possibility of the situation changing. “Now is not the right time to lose him. Without going into any technical or tactical aspect, we had to make sure we showed good concentration”.
Martinez, who completed the signing of Uruguayan striker Leandro Rodriguez on Friday, said Stones needed protection.