Stones heading to a big club, says former Everton teammate Distin.

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."

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