One Englishman to another, Rio Ferdinand has asked young Everton defender John Stones to snub interest from Chelsea and choose Manchester United instead in order to continue his development as a player.
Chelsea’s interest in Stones is quite public with Mourinho accepting that the club are interested in signing Stones as a direct replacement for Chelsea captain John Terry. Terry is now 34 years of age and isn’t getting any younger, however, he’s still there on the team sheet every week. That, may not guarantee Stones a start in the team as he has been getting at Everton and Ferdinand believes that should be enough for any young player not to move and should instead look for regular football.
In quotes posted by The Guardian, Ferdinand said: “If he goes to Man United, he plays every week so that’s the right club for him. If he goes to Chelsea, he’s not playing every week. He’s at that stage of his development where he wants to play every week. If you say to any young footballer to leave a club to sit on the bench, you’ve got to be a lunatic. You have to be.”
Ferdinand continued: “He’s very good on the ball. I took a real interest in him and watched him at Loftus Road against Bobby Zamora, who gave most centre-halves problems last season physically, and he handled Bobby well, and that physical element. That was one of the areas that I hadn’t really seen him under pressure with and he looked up for that battle. With all the other stuff he’s got, he’s got a real good chance.”
Central defence has been an area of wide criticism for United and Louis van Gaal tried to solve it by trying to get Real Madrid defender, Sergio Ramos. That, however did not turn out successful as the player is set to stay after a month long transfer saga.
Ferdinand had some words for the Ramos transfer deal also. He said: ” I always knew that was never a goer. I said at the beginning on Twitter that he’s obviously up for a new contract [at Real] and he may be using United in that respect. Whether that’s true or not I don’t know but he’s signing a new deal according to what we read.”