Everton manager Roberto Martinez played Stones against his old club despite the transfer hype but the way in which the Toffees were made to struggle by third-tier Barnsley at Oakwell is unlikely to strengthen his resolve to stay with the Toffees.
After a tough campaign last time out – in which the strain of Europa League left Everton bowing out of both the FA Cup and the League Cup competition in just the third round – the squad seems to have come together and ultimately the Toffees are feeling much better...
The Blues have already had a £26 million bid knocked back for the 21-year-old England global, with Everton manager Roberto Martinez reacting angrily to Chelsea’s public pursuit of one of his club’s key assets.
The Mason Holgate saga is finally over as he joins Everton from Barnsley for an undisclosed fee. Stones has not given any indication that he wants a move to Chelsea FC so if he has done so it was behind closed doors.