Pallister wants Mourinho to revive interest in Stones

Date published: Monday 6th June 2016 10:30

John Stones: Defender wanted by Jose Mourinho at Chelsea

Gary Pallister has urged new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho to revive his interest in Everton defender John Stones this summer.

Mourinho tried to sign Stones while in charge of Chelsea last year, making a number of bids, but Everton held firm and rejected a sum close to £40million.

The Portuguese is expected to bring a new centre-back to Old Trafford and the club are reportedly in talks with Villarreal over a deal for Eric Bailly.

However Pallister, who made over 400 appearances for United during a nine-year spell, hopes he returns to England international Stones.

“He’s a young kid but I like what I see of him. There’s not many better judges than Jose Mourinho,” Pallister told The Sun.

“If he bid £40million for him [with Chelsea last season], like he did last summer, then you know the kid is an exciting talent. He’s a player I’m sure he will look to bring into Old Trafford.

“It wouldn’t be surprising to see Jose go out and spend big on a centre-half.”

Stones is currently preparing for Euro 2016 with England and is understood to have a host of admirers, including incoming Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

The 22-year-old struggled for form this season, losing his place in a poor Everton side, but Pallister expects the former Barnsley prodigy to learn to deal with criticism.

“John has had a tough end to the season and there is a lot of people shooting him down,” he said.

“He does take a risk, he’s a ball playing centre-half and, up until the latter half of the season, everyone was giving him the plaudits.

“It’s great when you get that but you have to deal with the other side of football like now when people are having a pop at you.

“I went through it and I’m sure other players who played in a similar fashion went through it. When you are labelled as this then you’re going to make mistakes. He’s got to learn to live with that.”

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