Everton wantaway John Stones has been forced to move into a hotel after angry Toffees fans vented their anger towards the Chelsea target outside his Cheshire home.
The 21-year-old rising star of English football had a transfer request turned down earlier this week and has been linked with a move to the Premier League champions. His desire to leave the club prompted die-hard fans to turn up at his home in Widnes to make their feelings known, forcing Stones to move to a hotel until the saga ends, the Sun reported.
Despite signalling his intent to leave Merseyside, Stones played in Everton's 5-3 Capital One cup victory over his former club Barnsley on Wednesday (26 August). However, he was targeted by fans who shouted "F*** off Stones, you rat, you f*****g rat."
On refusing Stones' transfer request, Everton chairman Bill Kenwright released a statement saying: "Everton Football Club has rejected a transfer request from John Stones.
"Since the start of the transfer window, we have resolutely turned down offers from another Premier League football club for our player. John is not for sale and will remain a highly valued member of our first-team squad."
The incident was not the first time a Premier League player has been confronted by a mob of fans at his home. Wayne Rooney was infamously targeted by Manchester United fans disguised in Eric Cantona masks when the striker handed in a transfer request in 2010.