Barnsley’s full-back John Stones has been linked with a big-money move to the Premier League with many teams interested in the youngster’s potential. Manchester City, Chelsea and Everton are the most likely to sign the 18 year old and are set to battle it out in the January transfer window to sign the right back. This week however, Barnsley officials and Stones’ agent have been denying the player will leave the club.
John Stones signed a professional contract at Barnsley in December 2011 after progressing through the youth system at Oakwell. Since then, Stones had made 12 first team appearances for the club, and has scored one goal in the league cup against Rochdale in August. The 6ft 2ins Defender has also appeared for England Under19s.
Despite the rumours, Barnsley boss Keith Hill and Stones’ agent Georgina Lillis have denied the player intends to leave Championship side Barnsley.
“There has been a lot of unwanted paper talk with regards to John. It doesn’t benefit the club and it doesn’t benefit John. Just because a scout is seen in the stands it doesn’t mean a player is on the move next window” said Lillis in an interview with Sky Sports News.
“John is at a point in his career where he needs to be playing first team football and to keep developing as a player. Barnsley is doing just that and valuable experience with England is helping him progress” she added.
In September, Keith Hill issued a hands off warning to the premier league teams. “It would be the wrong move for him at this time. We’ve had no contact from them at the moment. It’s in his best interests to stay here and continue his development.”
However, Hill admitted the player has the potential to play at top level one day.
“He is a player who can go all the way because he’s grounded, he’s got good football intelligence and he wants to improve” he added.
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