Roberto Martinez says no fourth bid for Stones and is staying put, comments on incomings

Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez has addressed reporters ahead of Everton's game against Tottenham Hotspur, with the press conference dominated by transfer talk.

Roberto Martinez has said, in a press conference covered by the club's YouTube channel, that there has been no fourth bid for John Stones from Chelsea and the player knows where he stands after having a transfer request rejected by Everton. 

The Toffees boss has called on the fans to help Stones settle in the side and focus on winning football matches for the club, while also asking the football authorities to have a look at the transfer window running into the start of the season.

Martinez didn't comment on the way Chelsea have conducted themselves over recent weeks, but has said that the club will not be selling one of their most important players when they have no time in which to find a replacement.

He said the statement released by chairman Bill Kenwright - on the club's official website - confirming the rejection of Stones's transfer request shows exactly where the club stands when it comes to the player's future. 

The Toffees boss told reporters: "Let's see it as a footballing compliment but nothing is going to happen so everyone can relax.

"We have our own path to develop John, he's only 21. We've seen him develop from a young player with a lot of hope into a consistent performer and there's loads more to come."

Martinez said he expects the club to complete the signings of Ramiro Funes Mori and Leandro Rodriguez today and is excited by what the duo could bring to the side.

He added: "What I can tell you is it will be two players in the attacking positions. If everything gets completed with Mori we will be happy with the defensive spots.

"We're really, really excited. Ramiro was in the building yesterday. We hope to complete the deal some time today.

"Leandro is a young man who can make a goal out of nothing. He has an impressive record."

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