Everton manager Roberto Martinez will reject the transfer request from Barnsley-born John Stones and tell the defender he will not be sold in this window.
The 21-year-old played in the 5-3 extra time Capital One Cup win at Barnsley 24 hours after telling the club he wanted to leave having seen three bids from Chelsea rejected. However, Martinez insists their position remains the same as it did when the first offer came in from Stamford Bridge and Stones will not be sold irrespective of his desire to leave. “The situation with John is clear. We care about him, we will protect him and make sure we give him everything we can to allow him to enjoy his football” he said.
Asked if he had rejected the transfer request the Spaniard added: “Not yet because it was a match day and that was the priority.
“We will reject it and get on with our business. Clearly we have got to a point - in life and football - when sometimes money can’t buy everything and I think that is going to be a very strong statement at Everton.”
He added: “We have a chairman (Bill Kenwright) who will do the right thing for the club and for the team and we are clear he will not be easily influenced in taking the money and accepting things which will clearly make our team weaker.
“This is not a moment of the campaign when we can use any money to get us stronger.”
Martinez has frequently criticised the set-up which allows the window to remain open for the first month of the season.
He continued his attack on the status quo by insisting the speculation places huge demands on players.
“I am repeating myself but I don’t think it is right for the football authorities to allow the window to be open when there are important games,” he added.
“We shouldn’t put our players under that massive pressure. It becomes a bit of a circus.
Stones had probably his poorest game for some time as Everton found themselves 2-0 down at half-time at Oakwell after goals from Sam Winnall and Marley Watkins.
Kevin Mirallas, Steven Naismith and Romelu Lukaku all scored after the break but Dan Crawley added Barnsley’s third to take the tie into extra time, during which Marc Roberts put through his own goal before Lukaku added a second.