Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has told Everton’s John Stones that he would be a “lunatic” to join Chelsea and should sign for the Red Devils instead, according to the Daily Express.
The Blues have seen two £26m bids for the defender rejected by The Toffees already this summer, though Jose Mourinho is still keen to bring him on board and is expected to lodge a third offer in the next few days.
However, Ferdinand believes the England under-21 international should make the move to Old Trafford and play for a manager that definitely wants him to link up with the first team straight away.
The now retired England star believes Stones would be wasting his career by heading for Stamford Bridge as he would only consign himself to sitting on the bench.
“For any young footballer to leave a club to sit on the bench, you’ve got to be a lunatic,” Ferdinand said.
“If John Stones goes to Manchester United, he plays every week so that’s the right club for him. If he goes to Chelsea, he’s not. And he’s at that stage of his development where he wants to play every week.
“I’d buy Stones if I’m United. You’re buying someone who’s going to give you 10 years service. He’s a great prospect, the best young centre-half in the country at the moment. It’s a no-brainer for me.
“Stones is the real deal. I watched him at QPR against Bobby Zamora, who gave most centre-halves problems physically, and he handled Bobby well. He looked up for that battle.
“The difference is the mentality. Going to a team like United he’s got to be up on a Tuesday or a Wednesday, and then win, lose or draw be up again for Saturday. Every game there is huge expectation. Mentally can you deal with that?
“As the No1 centre half, he is not going to be able to go in under the radar and bed in at United. But for Chelsea he probably goes in as an understudy.”
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