Tuesday, 15th April, 2014

Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes that reported interest from Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in young defender John Stones is proof of the potential the 19-year-old has shown at Goodison Park.

Stones has been thrust into the heart of the defence in recent weeks for the Toffees due to an injury to club captain Phil Jagielka.

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The 19-year-old has risen to the occasion, producing composed performances against the likes of Arsenal and Newcastle, while he has also helped Everton record a run of seven straight league victories.

That has led to Stones being linked with Manchester United and Tottenham. And when that was put to Martinez, the Spaniard dubbed it a "good sign" for the young defender.


"It's a good sign", he told a press conference today.

"It's not a bad sign for a young player at this stage of his career."

Everton snapped up Stones from Yorkshire outfit Barnsley in the 2013 January transfer window, dispensing a fee of around £3m to capture the starlet.

Stones has represented England at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level and has even seen himself championed for a senior cap in some quarters due to his recent form.

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