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Everton reject John Stones transfer request

John Stones. Credit: Press Association Images

Statement from Everton FC:

"Everton Football Club has rejected a transfer request from John Stones. Since the start of the transfer window, we have resolutely turned down offers from another Premier League football club for our player. John is not for sale and he will remain a highly valued member of our first team squad."

Bill Kenwright

Chairman, Everton Football Club

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John Stones hands in transfer request to force Chelsea move

Stones has handed in a transfer request to force a move to Chelsea Credit: PA Images

Everton defender John Stones has handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force through a move to Chelsea, according to reports from Press Association Sport.

After three failed bids - the last in excess of £30million - from the Stamford Bridge club, the England international has now taken matters into his own hands and formally expressed his desire to leave.

Everton have been resolute in their determination to hang on to the highly-rated 21-year-old and manager Roberto Martinez has insisted throughout the saga the centre-back is not for sale.

Watch: Martinez on Everton's 'daunting schedule'

Everton boss Roberto Martinez feels the fixture list has been unkind to his side but has stressed the Toffees must get momentum going early in their Barclays Premier League campaign.

Martinez's men have to play each of the clubs that finished in last term's top eight within their first 10 games of the new season.

It looks a daunting schedule, but the Spaniard is eager for Everton to get points on the board.

"Looking at the start of the season, probably the fixture list has not been too kind to us," said Martinez, who wants to make three more new signings before the end of the transfer window.

"We need to make sure we are strong enough.

"It is about making sure that as a team we are successful and do a lot better than we did in the league last season. "I think the experiences of the last campaign will help us immensely."

– Roberto Martinez, Everton FC

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Barkley looks to Yaya Toure for inspiration

Ross Barkley on the ball for England against the Republic of Ireland last weekend Credit: PA Images

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has been studying Manchester City's Yaya Toure to improve his game.

The 21-year-old failed to replicate his form of 2013-14 in a disappointing campaign for him and his club last season.

Barkley is nonetheless determined to find a way to re-discover his spark after struggling to adapt to being played in a number of positions.

Speaking to thefa.com he said:

"At club level I don't think I did as well as I wanted to do this season, but still I have learnt a lot and felt like I've improved as well."

"When I come away with England listening to the more experienced lads like Joe Hart is great; he's a good example."

"I've also been watching clips on Yaya Toure and Mesut Ozil. Ozil is so calm in possession and picks the right passes, which is something I've got to get a bit better at."

"I just observe, just watch clips on YouTube and the spaces he moves into."

"With Yaya Toure (it is) the breaks forward he does and the counter-attacks. When he gets the ball his distribution is really good too."

"Personally, when I get on the pitch, I just try to put in a good performance. If I can do that then hopefully it can lift the lads around me."

– Ross Barkley
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