Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has urged Everton youngster John Stones to join him at Stamford Bridge this summer by insisting that he won’t regret it, the Daily Star reports.
Cahill knows from his time with Stones in the England national set up exactly why manager Jose Mourinho is prepared to spend big to bring him to the club.
However, Toffees gaffer Roberto Martinez is angry with the Special One for his conduct over the 21-year-old defender and has told the Champions that he is not for sale at any price. The Daily Mail claims that the Blues are set to launch a new £26m offer for the player, but a deal may prove difficult to pull off.
And Martinez won’t be pleased by Cahill’s latest comments, urging him to make the move down to London to join him in West London.
“I saw he was very comfortable on the ball from the first time I saw him with England,” said Cahill
“He was still a young player learning, you could see that. At the time you weren’t sure what position he was going to play in, right back, centre back and even in training he sometimes played in holding midfield. I am sure in the next few years he will fill out, learn a lot and potentially he can be a fantastic player.
“The Everton lads speak very highly of him, Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines in particular, and he is a fantastic lad as well. If you look at his attributes, he has a lot to offer.
“When you talk about being able to handle something like that, you look at their personality.
“From what I have seen when I have been away with him for England, he is a genuinely nice guy, a down to earth lad. There is nothing ‘big-time’ about him. So for me, I’m sure he will be able to cope with the fee.
“Plus, with the right support around him, like from the more experienced players in the squad, and his family, I’m sure he’ll be fine.
“Are Chelsea a hard club to turn down? Yes of course. In terms of ambition, if you’re a young player in the game, have played in the Premier League like he did a lot last year, and a big club come calling, it’s very difficult to turn down because you want to achieve the most you can in the short period you have in your career as a professional footballer.
“When a top club comes calling, who you know will be firing on all fronts with competitions and medals, that’s ultimately what you want to be playing for. It’s hard to turn down of course.
“He will look at the club, look at the players, and look at being involved in a squad like ours. When Chelsea came calling for me, it was an opportunity, it was a chance and looking from the outset you may not be sure how it’s going to go. But it’s one you can’t turn down, you have to grab it with both hands. Then you have to work as hard as you can to make it work.”
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