Thursday, January 19, 2017

Mourinho needles Roberto Martinez over Stones saga

Chelsea F.C. boss Jose Mourinho has pushed Roberto Martinez to end the John Stones transfer saga by insisting the defender is not available at any price.

Chelsea F.C. boss Jose Mourinho has pushed Roberto Martinez to end the John Stones transfer saga by insisting the defender is not available at any price.

Earlier this week, Mourinho confirmed the Blues made a bid for Stones, and, according to Sky Sports, the Premier League champions are likely to increase their offer for the player after having the bid–reportedly of £20 million–rejected by the Toffees.

In response, Everton manager Roberto Martinez criticised Chelsea for their public pursuit of the England international, asserting the Toffees are not a “selling club.” Now, Mourinho has moved to defend the Blues’ conduct.

“The transfer window is open, when it is open every club and every player is open to bids,” Mourinho said.

“Bids come for our players, we make bids for other players and the process can be so simple.

“I would advise Roberto to do the same thing as I do. If I get an offer for one of my players and I don’t want to accept any offer I say I don’t accept any offer, so he can make it very, very easy.

“If today I receive a bid for Fabregas in two minutes I will say I don’t accept any bid, game over, that’s it.”

Mourinho added: “If we made a bid it is because we like the player, we don’t make bids for players we don’t like, but we respect Everton and respect every club that has a player and it is up to them – everything is in their hands.

Stones, who has won four international caps for England, started 23 English Premier League matches for Everton last season.

Chery joins QPR

Championship side Queens Park Rangers have won the race for FC Groningen forward Tjaronn Chery.

Chery, 27, has penned a three-year deal at Loftus Road after Rangers triggered the release clause in the player’s contract.

“I am very happy to be here and looking forward to playing for QPR,” Chery told the club’s official website.

“Playing in England has always been a dream of mine and having spoken to Leroy, he said that QPR is a good fit for me.

“I know the passion of the English fans and how they like to see football played and I can’t wait to show what I can do here. It’s a really exciting move for me in the best years of my career.”

Chery, formerly of FC Twente, FC Emmen and ADO Den Haag, bagged 15 goals and six assists in 34 Dutch Eredivisie appearances for Groningen in 2014/15.

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