The highly-rated youngster is wanted by the reigning Barclays Premier League champions this summer as he is seen as the long-term replacement for captain John Terry, who turns 35 in December and could offer a helping hand in nurturing the England international.
The Toffees rejected two offers from the Blues last month and manager Roberto Martinez is adamant that the club want to keep hold of Stones for the foreseeable future.
It’s expected that the West London outfit will return will an improved bid before the transfer window shuts next month and Ferdinand has warned the starlet that joining the Blues will not be beneficial for his career and urged him to make a move to Old Trafford instead:
“If he goes to Man United, he plays every week so that’s the right club for him,” the former Queens Park Rangers defender explained [via Guardian Sport].
“If he goes to Chelsea, he’s not playing every week. He’s at that stage of his development where he wants to play every week.”
“If you say to any young footballer to leave a club to sit on the bench, you’ve got to be a lunatic. You have to be,” Ferdinand added.
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The Merseyside outfit reportedly want £34million for the 21-year-old and that would represent a British record fee for a defender, eclipsing the £29.1million that United paid for Ferdinand in the summer of 2002.