Jose Mourinho wants to eventually replace John Terry with Everton and England youngster John Stones, but will wait until next year until he tries to strike a deal.
That’s according to The Sun, who claim that The Special One deems Stones the right man to lead his defence in the future.
The Goodison Park youngster rose to prominence during the 2013/14 campaign under Roberto Martinez, before narrowly missing out on a place in England’s squad for the World Cup in Brazil last summer.
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His stock continued to rise this term just gone and he’s widely recognised as one of England’s most promising young players. In-keeping with this is the fact that Mourinho seemingly believes that he’s capable of slipping into Terry’s boots once the legendary Stamford Bridge skipper hangs them up.
Chelsea's defence of the future
Chelsea already boast Kurt Zouma, a player who will no doubt be of great importance to Mourinho’s defence in the future, but the Blues’ interest in Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane is testament to the fact that they’re on the look out for a potential partner for the former Saint Etienne star.
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That partner could well be Stones, who would also tick the homegrown box in order to help Chelsea fit that quota.
As Terry has already penned an extension that will see him remain with the first-team for at least another 12 months, Mourinho is believed to be ready to wait until next summer to sign Stones, which in turn allows for another year of development on his part.
At 21 filling such a void as the one Terry will leave behind is an enormous task for Stones to attempt, although it speaks volumes over how high Mourinho must rate him if he’s prepared to take a gamble rather than opt for a more experienced option.
In any case Everton and Martinez will be loathe to let Stones go, irrespective of whether a bid comes this summer or next year, as they no doubt see him as a player of great potential for the future.
As is the case with Ross Barkley the Toffees will be keen to retain his services for as long as possible, although unless they can sustain a serious assault on the top four it won’t be too long before such players look to leave of their own accord.
Chelsea fans, is Stones good enough to one day replace Terry? Let us know who you think Mourinho should consider in the comments box below.