The Toffees boss believes that when the 34-year-old claimed the England international would be a great signing for Jose Mourinho and his perfect successor he was overstepping the mark. The Catalan is very unhappy at this behaviour, and seems to have warned the Premier League champions off similar actions in the future.
“You know that is illegal, the rules don’t allow you to comment on players that are registered at other clubs in that open manner, that is disappointing,” said Martinez, “You know, I know. We all know there are rules and regulations and it is something we don’t want to see when other clubs speak about your players.
“It is wrong and it shouldn’t happen. As clubs we have a good understanding of where we are and I don’t think it is something to get the managers involved in.”
The Stamford Bridge outfit have seen bids of £20 million and £26 million turned down by the Merseyside club, and it is unknown whether a third offer is on its way. So far Everton have kept a stance that the player is not for sale. They have recently shown their ability to see off interest in their stars, with James McCarthy signing a new contract despite being linked with a move to Tottenham.
This isn’t the first time that Chelsea have been accused of tapping up a player. They were infamously found guilty of illegally approaching Ashley Cole while he was contracted to Arsenal. In that instance the player still joined the London side in the end.