The former Leicester City and Derby County midfielder made the comparison during Everton’s Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on Sunday evening.
“John Stones reminds you of Rio Ferdinand, he does not immediately smash the ball out, he wants to keep it,” said Savage. “He takes a risk but more times than not he comes away with the ball.”
Ferdinand is one of the greatest defenders to have ever played in the Premier League and is a true legend of the game.
The former England international started his career at West Ham United before moving to Leeds United.
The 37-year-old retired centre-back earned the move to United in 2002 and played for the Red Devils until 2014, winning the Premier League six times and the Champions League once.
Stones is one of the best defenders in the Premier League at the moment and is very comfortable on the ball.
The 21-year-old, who can play as a centre-back or as a right-back, is a cultured defender who has already earned seven caps for England.
In 18 Premier League appearances so far this season, the former Barnsley youngster has created one chance, has a pass accuracy of 90%, and has won 25 headers, 17 dribbles and 26 tackles.