John Terry has angered Everton boss Roberto Martinez by comments he made about Chelsea's pursuit of John Stones.
The Blues have had two bids rejected for the England international, 21, and have been accused of trying to unsettle the defender. On Wednesday, the Chelsea captain was speaking to the media at the Premier League launch and said:
“One day I won’t be in the team but Chelsea are looking to the likes of John Stones for the future, so the club will continue to grow and do well.”
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Terry's comments come after Jose Mourinho and Gary Cahill both spoke publicly about Stones and Martinez has insisted Chelsea have a campaign to tap-up the youngster.
“That is wrong; that is illegal,” said Martinez.
“The rules don’t allow you to comment on players who are registered at other clubs in that open manner. That is disappointing.”
Premier League rules do state that clubs "will respect the contractual obligations and responsibilities of each other's employees and not seek to breach these or to make illegal approaches".
Despite Martinez's anger, Everton haven't reported Chelsea to the Premier League authorities.
Stones has been the subject of many recent interviews with Martinez and although he wouldn't answer questions as to whether the centre-back has expressed a wish to join Jose Mourinho's side.
As reported by the Guardian, Martinez said: “The whole John Stones situation has come through the media because a club made a bid and made it public. We have never been in a situation of commenting.
"We have a very talented young player who really has the potential to be the best centre-half England has produced, so you are going to get that attraction. That is natural, healthy and very, very positive."
"But a player can make a decision when the clubs say he can make a decision. There is nothing to make a decision on. There is no negotiation. There is no relationship between the clubs in terms of trying to find a deal.”
One piece of good news for Martinez is that midfielder James McCarthy has extended his stay at Goodison Park by signing a new five-year deal. Kevin Mirallas, who has been a target for Tottenham, is expected to follow suit in the next few days.
Martinez has also confirmed that he wants to make three new signings before the transfer window shuts on September 1.
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