Gary Cahill has told former Barnsley defender John Stones that he would thrive at Chelsea, with the Premier League champions looking set to make a bid in excess of £30m for the highly-rated 21-year old.
Stones caught the eye of the Dronfield man while on England duty, with the central defensive pair playing alongside each other in matches against Norway and Switzerland last year.
And Cahill says Stones' talents would flourish if he were to join Jose Mourinho's side from Everton, though Roberto Matrinez, the Toffees' boss is adamant that the player is going nowhere.
“I saw he was very comfortable on the ball from the first time I saw him with England,” said Cahill.
“He was still a young player learning, you could see that. At the time you weren’t sure what position he was going to play in, right-back, centre-back and even in training he sometimes played in holding midfield. I am sure in the next few years he will fill out, learn a lot and potentially he can be a fantastic player.
“The Everton lads speak very highly of him, Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines in particular, and he is a fantastic lad as well. If you look at his attributes, he has a lot to offer.
“When you talk about being able to handle something like that, you look at their personality. From what I have seen when I have been away with him for England, he is a genuinely nice guy, a down-to-earth lad. There is nothing ‘big-time’ about him. So for me, I’m sure he will be able to cope with the fee.
“Plus, with the right support around him, like from the more experienced players in the squad and his family, I’m sure he’ll be fine."
Cahill addded: “He will look at the club, look at the players, and look at being involved in a squad like ours. When Chelsea came calling for me, it was an opportunity, it was a chance and looking from the outset you may not be sure how it’s going to go. But it’s one you can’t turn down; you have to grab it with both hands. Then you have to work as hard as you can to make it work.”