Everton boss Roberto Martinez has revealed that Chelsea’s push for star defender John Stones during the summer has no effect on his relationship with Jose Mourinho ahead of their clash this weekend, according to reports from the Daily Mail.
Stones was heavily linked with an exit from Goodison Park during the summer, with Manchester United also keen on the England international defender.
But it was the champions that were positive of striking a deal, making four bids with the last worth £37million for Stones.
The Toffees were critical of the Blues’ aggressive methods and making their interest for Stones public, however despite the transfer saga, no official complaints were made and with the transfer window closed the issue has been put to bed.
Prompted whether he would shake Mourinho’s hand, Martinez replied: “Yes, of course (Mourinho’s comments displeased me) but that’s because it’s against the law. You cannot come out and comment about another player of another club because the Premier League rules do not allow you to do it.
“We’re adult enough to understand that if that (talking about Stones) could put a little bit more pressure, it’s normal. It’s not accepted by the Premier League rules, though, but it is something that happens.
“That’s why I think it’s important that when the transfer window is open and you get these kind of situations that it doesn’t affect the preparation for a game, that’s my point.
“I have been quite vocal about not having the window open when the competition is on.”
Stones, 21, will be under the spotlight at Goodison Park on Saturday, but Martinez is confident that the added pressure will help develop his star centre-back.
“John has gone from strength to strength,” he continued. “He has taken the support of everyone at the football club and he has performed with incredible composure. It shows what type of player he is. Our interest is to look after every player. We are going to carry on doing that.”
The former Barnsley youngster made 28 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring one goal.