Stones is Terry's ideal successor

Tall and talented youngster is ideal successor to Terry

THE FUTURE: John Stones' (above) pass completion rate of 92.1 per cent was the highest in the EPL last season.

Chelsea fans should take heart. Jose Mourinho is using Stones to hold down firm roots for the future, writes Neil Humphreys.

If the Blues buy Everton centre back John Stones, they will pull off one of the wiliest deals of the transfer window.

More importantly, their restless manager will take a tentative step into unchartered territory.

The Portuguese perfectionist is not renowned for his patience. He usually cherry picks seasoned campaigners for an upcoming campaign.

By his own admission, Mourinho rarely looks past the next signing, the next trophy or the next fixture. 

He’s reluctant to look past the end of his nose unless there’s a winner’s medal dangling from his nostrils.

But, if as expected, Chelsea return with a bid of £26 million ($55.3m) for Stones, then Mourinho sends an unequivocal message. 

He’s shaking off the short-term syndrome. He’s thinking about the future.

Read the full report in our print edition on July 28. 

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