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Roberto Martinez praises Bill Kenwright over John Stones stance

Everton boss Roberto Martinez commends chairman Bill Kenwright over the club's refusal to sell John Stones.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has praised the club's chairman Bill Kenwright over his refusal to sell defender John Stones to Chelsea.

The Toffees confirmed yesterday that they had rejected the 21-year-old's formal transfer request after turning down three offers from the Premier League champions for the centre-back.

Martinez said earlier this week that Stones is "a massive part" of what he is trying to build at Goodison Park, and he has now praised Kenwright for refusing to give in to Jose Mourinho's side.

"As a club we have the player and we can say we are keeping him," he told reporters. "We know the pressure that will bring and that is why the chairman deserves incredible credit.

"Any chairman would look at any financial deal as an opportunity to do things but our chairman has done what any Evertonian would do and made the right decision for the football club, not for the financial aspect. Any chairman would put his manager into a big problem if he sold one of the club's biggest assets at this stage of the window, and that happens. But our chairman has been very clear and very strong.

"It is no good [Chelsea] thinking that because you have a Champions League budget you're going to click your fingers and get anything you want because clearly we don't work like that."

Stones is likely to be involved when Everton travel to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League tomorrow.

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Roberto Martinez, manager of Everton gestures during the Capital One Cup second round match between Barnsley and Everton at Oakwell Stadium on August 26, 2015 in Barnsley, England
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Sunday's key events


GOLF
· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

CYCLING - BMX
· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

SWIMMING
· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

TENNIS
· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

SAILING
· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

ATHLETICS
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HOCKEY
· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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