Martinez talks up 'really special' relationship between Stones and Jagielka

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has suggested that his young players won't be going anywhere this summer.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has told the Liverpool Echo there is clarity over the future of centre back John Stones.

The Spaniard has suggested that the youngster won’t be going anywhere this summer, with an emphasis on him improving his partnership alongside the more experienced Phil Jagielka.

“We know how we feel about John Stones. The partnership he’s developed with Phil Jagielka can become really really special and that’s something we want to continue,” he said.

“From our point of view we’re just really looking forward to young players, who have had an opportunity, taking a bigger role and help us become a winning team.”

The defence was one area where Everton struggled at times last season, but they have the makings of a very positive long term partnership between Stones and Jagielka, which ticks all of the boxes.

Stones has the pace to cover for Jagielka, which allows Everton to play a higher defensive line, while Jagielka has the experience to get into good positions when Stones takes risks across the back four.

The more they play together, the more they are able to predict what the other will do in certain situations, which should make the defence more difficult for opposition sides to break down.

If the Toffees can keep hold of their best young players, it takes the pressure off of Roberto Martinez and decreases the need for him to go out in the transfer market and make some big calls and decisions.

He needs to find ways of challenging his youngsters to become better players in all positions and while teams could dangle a carrot in front of Everton with some big offers, Martinez doesn’t seem t be ready to bite.

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