Martinez denies agreement with Chelsea over Barkley

The Everton boss has rubbished reports that the Toffees have sanctioned the future sale of the England midfielder, as well as team-mate John Stones, to Stamford Bridge

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has denied speculation that the club have given Chelsea first refusal on Ross Barkley and John Stones.

The Goodison Park outfit have struck up a productive relationship with Chelsea in the last couple of seasons, completing the permanent transfer of Romelu Lukaku last month following a successful year on loan in 2013-14.

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And there was another arrival from Stamford Bridge on Wednesday as Christian Atsu joined on loan but Martinez was quick to rubbish rumours that a transfer partnership is in place and that Barkley and Stones could make the switch to the London club.

"We have a good relationship and a professional relationship and I want to believe that they feel that they can trust us in sending players out on loan," the Toffees boss said.

"I don't think that relationship goes any further.

"The chairman [Bill Kenwright] has been instrumental on forging that relationship more than anyone.

"He has developed that bridge between the two clubs and there is a possibility for both to use it in a good way, but there is no commitment in any sort of future deals."