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Martinez defiant in face of Chelsea's interest in John Stones

The boss insists Everton are big enough to match the ambitions of the club's star players.

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Roberto Martinez was once again defiant when he was quizzed about the future of John Stones.

The England defender has been the subject of two failed bids by Chelsea, who have been very public in their pursuit of the 21-year-old.

A third bid in the region of £32million is expected and newspaper reports claim Everton may be ready to discuss a deal at that price point.

If that's the case then no-one told Martinez, who swatted away suggestions he was ready to sell Stones when asked by journalists in his post-Villarreal press conference.

The Spaniard said:

"We feel that we are a big club. 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, the history and you seen today we celebrated a special memory.

"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 all means. I don’t see anything apart from I love the players I have in the squad and I understand others keep an eye on it and that is a healthy sign.

"The current situation with John is as you would expect. He is one of the most talented centre backs in European football not just in England and we really, really feel we have a special footballer with us.

"We have a group of young players with the potential to be as good as they can and I think he is one of those.

"Clearly he is a player that we admire, clearly that is going to be the same in other clubs. They are going to be admiring his ability and what he is as a footballer but he is an Everton player and as you can imagine he is a big part of what we are trying to achieve in the future."

"There is nothing to discuss, he is not a player that is out of contract in ten months, he is not a player we don’t want, he is a player that has a fantastic future with us and there is nothing to comment because teams putting bids in that doesn’t mean anything."