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Barnsley boss denies Stones talk

September 18, 2012
By ESPN staff

Reports linking promising Barnsley defender John Stones with a move to European champions Chelsea are wide of the mark, according to Tykes boss Keith Hill.

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PA PhotosJohn Stones has been turning heads with his displays for Barnsley

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Stones, 18 has impressed for Championship outfit Barnsley this season, prompting rumours that he could be set to step up to the Premier League.

However, Hill insists his teenage centre-back, who recently signed a new contract with the club, is going nowhere.

"There probably are rumours but to me it wouldn't be to his benefit because is he really going to play there?" Hill told Radio Sheffield.

"It would be the wrong move for him at this time. We've had no contact from them at the moment. It's in his best interests to stay here and continue his development.

"He is a player who can go all the way because he's grounded, he's got good football intelligence and he wants to improve."