The reigning Barclays Premier League champions have already seen two bids rejected for the highly-rated defender this summer and are expected to return with another offer before the transfer window closes next month.
However, Martinez is desperate to retain the services of the 21-year-old and insists the England international has not had his head turned because of interest from one of the biggest clubs in European football:
“You’re going to get clubs that are working with big budgets because they have been working in the Champions League. But we are a club with nine league titles and you’ve seen today we celebrated a special memory,” the Spaniard said.
“We are a big club. What we want is to build and what we want to do is concentrate on the future and we are not a selling club by any means. The situation with John is as you would expect.”
“He is one of the most talented centre-backs in European football and we feel we have a special footballer with us,” Martinez added.
Stones’ participation in the Toffees’ season opener against newly-promoted Watford at Goodison Park next weekend is in doubt after he limped out of Duncan Ferguson’s testimonial on Sunday afternoon.
The youngster is regarded as a potential star for the future after impressing for the Merseyside outfit since his arrival from Barnsley in the 2013 January transfer window and is seen as a potential long-term replacement for Blues skipper John Terry at Stamford Bridge, but if Martinez has his way then Stones won’t be allowed to leave this summer.
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