Chelsea FC are closing in on Everton’s teenage prodigy John Stones to resurrect some youthful charm into their squad
It has been reported that Chelsea are ready to finalize the transfer deal of Everton’s teenage wonder John Stones at 12 million euro price.
Stones, who has has had an incredible season for Everton, has surprised many for his defensive qualities and his maturity, which is staggering for a player who is just 19 years old. His ability to play at various defensive position, from right back to centre, is applauded by many Football pundits.
The English boy was bought by then Everton manager David Moyes from Barnsley last season at 3 million euros. since then he has become an integral part of the team.
Stones shares a great rapport with Everton manager Roberto Martinez. Infact, in an interview to BBC he said that the support and trust shown by the manager on him is “massive”.
England under-21 team manager Gareth Southgate praised the teenager while talking to The Express today
“There is not a hint of arrogance about him, he’s a dream to work with and so grateful for the opportunity all the time,”
“His composure on the ball is fantastic and we’re looking for defenders to play out. His experience at full back probably helped that. Like any centre back he will have to learn the defensive positioning that only comes with experience, but nothing fazes him, nothing with us, or Everton.” he stated
“I had a great chat for him on the phone the other night. He was chuffed for his family, he’s just so thankful and it is a pleasure when you work with lads like that.” said Southgate summarizing his admiration for the teenager.
The England u-21 team is going to be playing against Wales today evening.
John Stones has also been included in the England World cup squad as a back-up player for defender Phil Jagielka, whose fitness status is yet not sure.
Apart from Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United are also looking to get the teenage wonder to their side. And that is why Chelsea are in a hurry to finalize the deal before the World Cup begins.
Chelsea are looking at him as successor of veteran defender John Terry.
The Blues have also heading the race to sign Swiss teenager Miro Muheim, who is currently playing in the Swiss U-16 squad. and according to The Mirror, they have successfully signed the deal.