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Everton's John Stones perfect for Barcelona says Alan Hansen

Liverpool legend Alan Hansen reckons Spanish giants Barcelona will be the perfect club for Everton's rising star John Stones.

Everton rejected three bids from Chelsea for the young defender during preseason -- the highest bid was £44.2 million -- and will need to fend off suitors again this summer, with Stones likely to be in Roy Hodgson's England squad for the European Championships.

While Stones has continued to be a mainstay in the Everton defence this season, he has been caught out on numerous occasions for trying to bring the ball out of defence, something Hansen feels he will improve on with more experience.

"It looks like Stones is the real deal. The boy is 21, and the most important thing for him to learn is to play the percentages," said Hansen, according to The Mirror.

"That means if he is on the edge of his own box and someone is throwing themselves into a tackle, one-on-one, it's not taking a chance if you stay on your feet and your opponent goes to ground. You are going to go past him, 100 percent.

"But if there are three of them bearing down on you fast, and you try to be a bit too clever by going past them with a Cruyff turn, that's taking a chance.

"You've got to weigh up the risks and not be afraid to put your foot through it -- but knowing when to play comes with age.

"I know I got hammered for saying you win nothing with kids on Match of the Day, but Bob Paisley once told me experience is everything, and you can't tell a 21-year-old, 'I know how to play this game'.

"My first two games for Liverpool were a clean sheet against Derby and at Old Trafford, where we got beat -- I had to learn quickly when I started, and I was still learning in my final season at 35 years old."

John Stones
John Stones has been a mainstay in the Everton defence this season.

As for Stones' future, the former Liverpool centre-back is confident that the young defender is suited for Barca's game plan, and has the attributes to make a name for himself in the Spanish La Liga.

"In a footballing sense, and this is purely a footballing consideration, Barcelona would be perfect for him," he added.

"The way he plays, and the way they play, would be the ideal match-up. Yes, they have some unbelievable talents higher up the pitch, but they haven't lost a football match for five months because they don't give many goals away.

"From what I've seen, Stones has all the attributes, but when you read about clubs being prepared to spend £50 million on him, at this stage you are still paying for potential.

"And of course it is important where he plays his football -- and that he plays regularly -- to help him develop.

"What England need is English defenders coming through and playing at the highest possible level."

Stones has played in 21 of Everton's 26 league matches this season. Their next outing will be away to Aston Villa on Wednesday, where they have a chance to climb up into the top half of the table from their current 12th position.


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