It is inevitable that John Stones will remain at Goodsion Park, Sylvian Distin believes.
The defender is wanted by Jose Mourinho's side, with the Blues reportedly having a bid rejected for the defender.
However, former teammate Distin isn't surprised the Premier League champions have Stones - who the Toffees are desperate to hold on to - on their transfer list.
"He’s young, English, full of qualities and a good guy as well, the 37-year-old told Sky Sports News HQ.
"I’ve often said it’s not enough to have quality on the pitch. Off the pitch you need to be grounded and a good person – and he is.
"So it’s not surprising a big club has come in for him. It is a compliment and if he carries on the way he has started and keeps working, he’ll end up at a big club, that’s for sure."
When asked whether he is convinced Stones can become a top defender, Distin said: "He hasn’t played a full season yet.
"So he needs to become a little more experienced, understanding of the Premier League and know a bit more about himself, and then you can speak of it."