Roberto Martinez offers update on John Stones, injuries and transfer business

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez addressed the media ahead of this weekend's trip to Southampton in the Premier League.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has reiterated his stance that defender John Stones is not for sale despite persistent reports linking Premier League champions Chelsea with bid for the 21-year-old.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the trip to Southampton in the Premier League, he said, quoted by the Liverpool Echo: "He's a huge player for us. We are looking forward to see best of him over next few seasons, not just next few weeks.

"I'll never be upset about other people asking about our players but they are compliments and nothing else."

The Everton manager has said in recent weeks that he has been looking to strengthen the squad in three areas in order to have a good group of players for the entire 10 months of the season, and he is confident they will be in place by the time the window closes.

He added: "The three signings are important for us in order to conclude the squad for over the next 10 months. At the moment the focus is the game at the weekend and behind the scenes we're working extremely hard to make the squad as strong as we can.

"We are very confident we are not going to be short in any department when the window closes. I am very confident in finding a very good outcome when the window closes."

Martinez also said he is hopeful to get the deal for Mason Holgate from Barnsley concluded today after saying both clubs had agreed terms for the player. 

In terms of injury news, Martinez has said that Kevin Mirallas has reacted well after being on the wrong end of a challenge from Valon Behrami, with the Everton boss saying it could have been a lot worse for the Belgian. 

"He has reacted really well. It was a shocking challenge. He could have ended up with a broken leg. He trained today, I expected him to be ready."

The Everton boss said Gerard Deulofeu, Mohamed Besic and Aiden McGeady had all returned to training but may be short of match fitness, and the effect they have on the game would depend on their position. 

He also said they will find more about the extent of the injury to Leighton Baines and how long he will be out for. Martinez explained how much of a blow it is to his side to be without the left-back, describing him as one of the best in European football when fit.  

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