Everton announced on Thursday it had rejected a transfer request from John Stones.
Club chairman Bill Kenwright said in a statement that “Since the start of the transfer window, we have resolutely turned down offers from another Premier League football club for our player.” Kenwright also added Stones, who has four years remaining on his contract, “is not for sale.”
Earlier this week, reports indicated Chelsea was readying a £40 million ($62.742 million) transfer bid for Stones, whom Sky Sports reported handed in an official transfer request on Tuesday. The Guardianreported Chelsea previously had bids of £20 million, £26 million and £30 million for Stones rejected.
Stones, 21, is an English national with four senior team appearances. He will join England’s squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Switzerland. If Stones were to leave, Phil Jagielka would be Everton’s only central defender.
The transfer deadline for EPL teams is Tuesday. Chelsea added forward Pedro from Barcelona last week for £21.2 million.