Ray Wilkins’ response when asked if John Stones should leave Everton this summer

John Stones

John Stones has been linked with leaving Everton this summer.

Speaking to talkSPORT, former Queens Park Rangers and Rangers midfielder Ray Wilkins has admitted that he would like to see John Stones remain at Everton for a few more years, rather than leaving at the end of this season as has been rumoured.

Wilkins said: “John, for me, is a fantastic footballer, and at one stage he will move - there’s no two ways about it. I think the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid will be queuing up for him. [But] I’d like to see him have another couple of years [at Everton]. He’s only 21, and I’d like to see him stay here a little bit longer and hone his skills before making a move.”

Stones is undoubtedly an excellent footballer, who has shown his talent on many times over the past two years.

However, he is also still only a young talent, rather than an established star, and it is clear he is not the finished article.

Errors are still a big part of his game, and he needs to remove these if he is to become the top class centre-back many believe he will develop into over the coming years.

A move to a big club will increase the pressure on his head, especially if it is for a large price tag, whilst at Everton he can continue to develop in a less intense environment.

Wilkins has referenced the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona as clubs who will want to sign the English international in the future, but the former QPR, Rangers and Chelsea star wants to see him stay with Everton for at least a couple of years more.

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