Everton's John Stones
Everton's John Stones in action with Barnsley's Josh Scowen Reuters/Lee Smith

John Stones made a request for Everton to approve his transfer to Chelsea but club chairman Bill Kenwright won’t allow him to leave in this transfer season.

According to reports, Chelsea has made the £40 million (AU $86.12 million) bid for the central defender but Everton is not budging and will stick with Stones. The Guardian posted the official statement from Kenwright, who has been with the club as member of the board since 1989.

“Everton football club has rejected a transfer request from John Stones,” Kenwright said in the statement. “Since the start of the transfer window, we have resolutely turned down offers from another Premier League football club for our player. John is not for sale and he will remain a highly valued member of our first-team squad.”

Stones, who signed a five-year deal with Everton before the start of the 2014-2015 season, reportedly got three offers from Chelsea but his current club rejected all three bids.

The 21-year-old Stones, who is from Barnsley, England, also played for Barnsley F.C. from 2011 to 2013 before joining Everton, where he is reportedly paid £30,000 (AU $64,570) weekly. In 57 matches for Everton, he has scored 1 goal and considered one of the reliable defenders with the squad.

Stones has also represented England soccer national team playing for the youth squads from 2012 to 2013 and the senior team in 2014 when he played in four matches.

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