Everton's refusal to sell John Stones a statement, says Romelu Lukaku

The forward believes the club's youth impressing this season is a credit to their academy.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Everton forward Romelu Lukaku says their refusal to sell John Stones this summer was a statement by the club.

Champions Chelsea had several big money offers rejected for the young defender this summer, all of which were promptly rejected by Everton as they remained firm that he would be staying at Goodison Park.

The Toffees also rejected a transfer request from the player, with them taking the stance that they would be retaining their young stars now and in future.

And Romelu Lukaku says fighting off the advances of Jose Mourinho’s side was a real statement from his club.

" I think the club made a statement by keeping him here at the club,” he told Sky Sports.

"It's nice to see that John showed his character and the club did their job to keep the player. But it's up to us to help John improve to reach the top level, as he is doing at the moment."

Everton youth impressing a credit to academy 

Stones is one of a number of young English talent at the club that have the potential to go on to big things with the side.

Principal among them is Ross Barkley, who after suffering last season has returned to find at the beginning of this campaign to once again show the potential he has.

Manager Roberto Martinez has also not been shy to try other youngsters such as Brendan Galloway and Tyias Browning already this season, and Lukaku says that is a credit to the Toffees academy.

"Every time we have a guy from the under-21s with us, he has adapted very well, and it's all credit to the academy," he added.

"They are delivering, and we as players try to make sure they work hard like we do. They have great examples of Ross and John coming through."

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