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Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma, who is currently on a season-long loan deal at Everton, have been reportedly told by Everton they want him to remain at Goodison Park beyond the end of this season.

Zouma has made 26 Premier League appearances for Everton, resulting in a recall to the France national team during the recent international break.

According to The Times, Everton would need to pay up £30million in order to keep the Frenchman permanently.

Zouma joined Chelsea in January 2014 from Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne for a fee of £12.4million. Zouma became a key player for Chelsea during Jose Mourinho’s second spell as Chelsea boss but a long-term injury suffered in the 2015/16 season saw him lose his place in the team.

He spent the 2017/18 campaign on loan at Stoke City before joining Everton on loan this season.

Meanwhile, Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has responded to rumors linking him with a summer switch to Stamford Bridge.

When questioned on links with a move to Chelsea, Santo said: “No comments, it doesn’t mean anything. Nothing, I am here speaking with you.”

Asked if he is happy at Molineux, he said: “I consider myself a happy person, yes.

“Yes, with the problems and difficulties that are involved but at the same time, it is a moment of joy, especially total dedication to what I must do and what we must do to keep on becoming better and growing. Focused.”

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