Rio Ferdinand advises John Stones to choose United over Chelsea

Reuters| Last Updated: Aug 04, 2015, 11:56 AM IST
Rio Ferdinand advises John Stones to choose United over Chelsea

Former England international Rio Ferdinand feels Everton`s John Stones should pick Manchester United over Chelsea if the defender prefers more playing time.

Champions Chelsea have had bids for the 21-year-old defender turned down with other clubs, including United, also in the fray, according to British media reports.

"If he goes to Man United, he plays every week so that`s the right club for him," former England captain and centreback Ferdinand said.

"If he goes to Chelsea, he`s not playing every week. He`s at that stage of his development where he wants to play every week.

"If you say to any young footballer to leave a club to sit on the bench, you`ve got to be a lunatic. You have to be."

Ferdinand believes his former club United need to strengthen their defence.

"I don`t think (coach Louis Van Gaal) knows his best defence -- that`s a problem in itself," the 36-year-old Ferdinand, who retired at the end of last season, added.

"Part of the reason he doesn`t know it is because he hasn`t had a chance to watch them all play over a long time -- consistently for 12 or 15 games. 

"If you don`t get that familiarity between you as defenders, it`s difficult to build foundations."