Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has been hailed by Roberto Martinez for maintaining a strong stance over Chelsea target John Stones.
On Thursday, Kenwright declared that Stones’ attempt to force through a move to Stamford Bridge via a transfer request would not be considered.
The Toffees have remained steadfast in their belief that Stones would not be sold and it is understood Jose Mourinho’s side may now be prepared to call time on their pursuit of the 21-year-old.
Martinez believes his club’s attitude to keeping Stones – who will remain at the heart of Everton’s defence against Tottenham today – on board epitomises the values those in the corridors of power at Goodison Park hold.
“The chairman was really strong yesterday; he’s put things very, very clear,” said the Spaniard, who completed the signing of Uruguyan striker Leandro Rodriguez on a four-year deal from River Plate Montevideo.
“It’s vitally important to show that we have got our own ambitions and our own projects and we don’t rely on big offers coming in.
“It shows we’ve got an incredible chairman and all he wants is the best for the football club, he’s been doing that for many, many years and hasn’t been given the credit he deserves.
"Every single Evertonian can be extremely proud to keep one of our most treasured younger players and make sure we build a winning team.
“It seems like money can buy anything these days and clearly what we stand for at Everton is more important values – in football and in life – that they are more
important than money.”
Meanwhile, new Tottenham signing Son Heung-min has vowed to light up White Hart Lane after agreeing a five-year deal.
Spurs announced the arrival of the South Korean forward from Bayer Leverkusen for £22m (Dh124m) yesterday.
His move is still subject to international clearnace but Son, 23, who will wear the No7 shirt, said: “Spurs for me is such a big club and a really good team.
"My goal has always been to play in the Premier League and Tottenham have given me a great opportunity to do that.
“I love the Premier League and I am very excited to play at White Hart Lane. I have not played there yet but I’d Iove to go out there, show my abilities and perform for the Spurs fans as soon as possible.”