Romelu Lukaku has advised Everton teammate John Stones against joining his former club Chelsea.
The Blues have had three bids rejected for the England defender, the latest of which was thought to be £30m, but Stones is reportedly considering handing in a transfer request to force through the move.
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But Lukaku, who left Stamford Bridge permanently last summer after finding opportunities hard to come by following his £18m arrival from Anderlecht, feels that the 21-year-old’s development would be better served at Goodison Park.
“To be fair, John is in a good situation at a good club which believes in him,” Lukaku told several national newspapers, according to Sky Sports.
“He is playing and is learning a lot from Phil Jagielka. He’s been here two years now but this is the year where he really needs to confirm he is the top player he can be.
“This club has massive potential, with the players we have and the ambition the manager has. He is in a good place. He’s on to a good thing.”
Toffees manager Roberto Martinez has insisted that the club will not be bullied into selling Stones, who is expected to feature in the Premier League against Manchester City today.
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