Everton determined to keep Stones

first_img Press Association Reports claim the Stamford Bridge club have had an improved bid in the region of £26million for the young England international turned down after previously failing almost a fortnight ago with an offer of £20million. Everton manager Roberto Martinez criticised Chelsea for their handling of the situation but it is believed Blues boss Jose Mourinho remains confident of acquiring his target and another significantly larger bid is expected to be lodged. Everton remain steadfast in their determination to reject Chelsea’s advances for John Stones after reiterating the defender is not for sale. Regardless, Press Association Sport understands Everton’s stance has not altered as they insist the 21-year-old is not for sale and they will not countenance his departure. The same applies to midfielder James McCarthy as speculation linking him with Tottenham increases. McCarthy still has three years remaining on his contract and enjoys a close relationship with Martinez, who made it his priority to bring the Republic of Ireland international with him when he moved from Wigan two years ago. Team-mate Steven Naismith believes Stones will benefit from remaining at Goodison Park to continue his rapid rise which has seen him go from playing SkyBet Championship football with Barnsley to a full senior England debut inside 18 months. “There’s no doubt about his quality and as a team-mate and as a friend he is a fantastic man and a great prospect,” he told Sky Sports News. “Everton is a fantastic club for him and they have shown in the past, even with the core group of youngsters that we have at the moment, that there is so much talent here. “He is learning so fast and, in such a short period of time, he has come from a Barnsley team in the middle of the Championship to playing week in, week out for Everton. “There are not many young defenders that are as composed and read the game as well as he can. “That’s why Everton went out and bought him when it was just young potential and they are reaping the rewards at the moment.” Martinez, who is still looking for central defensive reinforcements, plans to play Stones alongside captain Phil Jagielka as his first-choice partnership. But he has been less than impressed with the way news of Chelsea’s attempts to lure the youngster away have materialised. After the first bid was made earlier this month the Spaniard spoke of his “disappointment of seeing a football club leaking such statements to the press and making it so open”. “That is not the way we would do it at Everton, we would not speak of a player who is registered at another club and there is no issue from our point of view – John Stones is an Everton player,” he said at the time. “We are not a selling club. We are not a club that needs to be worried about what other clubs put through the press.” Martinez, meanwhile, has played down injury concerns over Romelu Lukaku after the striker came off early in their latest pre-season friendly. The Belgium international managed 32 minutes in the 2-0 win over Dundee before coming off appearing to hold his hamstring. However, Martinez insists the 22-year-old’s withdrawal was just precautionary. “Rom has obviously been playing a lot of minutes and it was important for him to get some sort of action,” he told evertontv. “After the first 25 minutes, he was feeling his legs were a little bit too heavy and we didn’t want to take any risks. “It’s not a problem at all. I think he got a lot of good work between the two games we’ve had up here, plus the games we had in Singapore. “Now we have got a little period before the weekend to make sure he is ready and refreshed.” last_img read more

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Check out the best items from David Ortiz’s very weird estate sale

first_imgStars — they’re just like us!Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is having an estate sale at his former Weston, Mass., property on Friday. While I’m sure many people can relate to wanting to declutter (although I’m not sure most people have a Fenway-themed basement to store their junk in), some of the items for sale are definitely a little strange. Exceptional Estate Sales https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/b7/5b/ortiz-wedding-topper_qptdufscultv1r47nr8ii6wq7.jpg?t=-2085539048&w=500&quality=80 We’ll have to assume this belongs to one of his kids, but he definitely should have worn this during games.Just a cool frogThis frog, quite literally, rocks. Look at this guy. Exceptional Estate Sales https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/84/bd/ortiz-wine-charms_c4j7iaut6ma71e8634ry5diwz.jpg?t=-2085828368&w=500&quality=80 Exceptional Estate Sales https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/a9/1d/ortiz-bookcase_diicfg8y5nrp151z1m5llsc36.jpg?t=-2083351496&w=500&quality=80 Having two definitely makes it weirder. One is a fun accent piece. Two is … you got a deal at the barrel store? You’re running a saloon? No idea.Drink upNumbered wine charms, perfect for your glass of crisp Zinfandellsbury. With a few jinglebell charms for Christmas, too. Exceptional Estate Sales https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/8d/96/ortiz-barrel-chest_rz3tvqkbao2e15qfydbrj4wpz.jpg?t=-2086706528&w=500&quality=80 Exceptional Estate Sales https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e7/86/ortiz-pig-dish_1aye9xu2isu7n1kaq2m4tqc6z2.jpg?t=-2083307432&w=500&quality=80 Do you think Big Papi put both three and four on his glass? Fun to speculate!They see me rollin’Ortiz also has a custom Red Sox hoverboard that has seen a few rides. A little quirky for a mansion in the richest town in Massachusetts, but certainly not the oddest thing here because …That’s right! There’s also a barrel chest! You simply must purchase the pair. Exceptional Estate Sales https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/fe/b0/ortiz-barrel-cabinet_1hus73vauw04u1afghps862izx.jpg?t=-2086880952&w=500&quality=80 This printer from 2002Lots of questions here.Do they still make ink for these? Why didn’t Ortiz buy a new printer after 2002 when everyone goes through at least one printer every five years? How does a printer from 2002 still work? It prints in color, but only comes with one black ink cartridge? It doesn’t look used, and doesn’t exactly scream “baseball player,” so your guess is as good as mine. But it is fun to say “cake topper” in a Boston accent. Try it.MLB SPRING TRAINING 2020: Schedule, TV channels, live online streamsFenway FranksSome of these items, while weird, are a steal. Pretty nice charcoal grill, never used.  Exceptional Estate Sales https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/31/64/ortiz-slides_oahamiphb6ou1urth9q44rm3k.jpg?t=-2083371432&w=500&quality=80center_img Exceptional Estate Sales https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/1d/a3/ortiz-grill_ntv300zwqxsn15kz2cqsrn35s.jpg?t=-2085321592&w=500&quality=80 OinkLast, we have some lovely dishes in the shape of pigs. There’s no way he used this in Boston, because those hilly, uneven sidewalks would break his neck. Maybe he just rolled around the house?Cake taahpahsThis is something that not even my grandmother would pick up. Exceptional Estate Sales https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/42/ff/ortiz-spiderman_hyrzz2dq81ta18l1qa5gqwbdx.jpg?t=-2083270464&w=500&quality=80 I’m sure it was a gift to the team, but it’s either very cool or very weird to walk around in your best friend’s custom shoes. You can decide for yourself.Spiderbelt, SpiderbeltNothing rhymes with Spiderbelt (that makes sense). He’s obviously going to be a hot-ticket item at the estate sale.BookcaseNothing remarkable here, except that I really hope that Big Papi has read “Under the Tuscan Sun,” “Confessions of a Shopaholic” and “New Moon.” MORE: Ortiz calls Mike Fiers a “snitch,” defends Rob ManfredDoes he have some interesting items that fans would love to see, like old jerseys, signed photos, and other miscellaneous memorabilia? Yes. However, that is not what this article is about.Here’s a look at the weirdest things for sale from the Ortiz estate.Barrels of funFirst up, this lovely barrel cabinet. He has a fancy grill out back, so I like to imagine that someone not close to him bought this as a gift and he politely stored it away. Considerate Papi.Slip on, slip offHard to tell if the Pedro Martinez slides are worn or not since they come with the box. Exceptional Estate Sales https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ab/e5/ortiz-printer_13s85l2u6rzti1w5ix3f24ip3b.jpg?t=-2083247368&w=500&quality=80 Exceptional Estate Sales https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/41/ba/ortiz-frog_b58u2s7nie491mitnap25nkuy.jpg?t=-2083330528&w=500&quality=80 Exceptional Estate Sales https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/6d/e0/ortiz-hoverboard_1sj6sgd2fkozk1jt6mncy608u6.jpg?t=-2085710080&w=500&quality=80 Not sure what meals you would serve in these, but anything pork feels either too on the nose or disrespectful.last_img read more

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