Everton boss Roberto Martinez has said that he WILL shake Jose Mourinho’s hand when his side face Chelsea at Goodison Park tomorrow.
Martinez openly stated his anger at Chelsea’s much publicised interest in Toffees defender John Stones, who is expected to line up against his suitors in the lunchtime clash.
The Spaniard once said that Chelsea’s comments on the former Barnsley player were ‘illegal,’ with the Blues failing to sign the defender after having four bids turned down.
However, Martinez has said that the incident is behind him and that he will shake Mourinho’s hand tomorrow:
“Of course, yes (I will shake Mourinho’s hand).
“I am against the rules (of the transfer window) and clubs being able to put in bids when the competition is on. I am not against clubs being interested in our players. I 100 per cent understand what happens.
“Yes, of course (Mourinho’s comments displeased me) but that’s because it’s against the law. You cannot come out and comment about another player of another club because the Premier League rules do not allow you to do it.
“We’re adult enough to understand that if that (talking about Stones) could put a little bit more pressure, it’s normal. It’s not accepted by the Premier League rules, though, but it is something that happens.
“That’s why I think it’s important that when the transfer window is open and you get these kind of situations that it doesn’t affect the preparation for a game, that’s my point.
“I have been quite vocal about not having the window open when the competition is on.”
Martinez also said he has no concerns about how 21-year-old Stones will handle the situation tomorrow, and believes the turbulent summer has helped his education:
“John has gone from strength to strength,”said Martinez.
“He has taken the support of everyone at the football club and he has performed with incredible composure. It shows what type of player he is. Our interest is to look after every player. We are going to carry on doing that.”