ZOUMA UNSURE IF HE WILL BE A CHELSEA PLAYER NEXT SEASON

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Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has impressed while on loan at Everton this season.

The France international admits he’s happy to be playing again after he tore his ACL in 2016 in a game against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

The 24-year-old also revealed he wasn’t sure where he will be playing his football next season.

“I am very happy. I am enjoying my season. I am enjoying my time here. It is not finished yet. I am still enjoying it,” Zouma said, according to Sky Sports.

“I have been playing a lot. That was my target when I signed here. The loan move has been very important.

“After the injury I wanted to play a lot of games. That is what I did the last two seasons—at Stoke and now here. I have been playing a lot. I just wanted to be back to my level. That is what I did.”

Regarding what club he’ll play for next season, Zouma said: “To be fair, I have not had time to talk about because we still have seventh place to take before the end of the season, so I am focused on that.

“Where I will be is where I know I have a chance to play. If it is here or somewhere else—I don’t know where—I just want to enjoy myself and to keep playing.”

Everton manager Marco Silva wants to sign Zouma permanently at the end of the season alongside Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes, who is also on loan at Everton.

Asked if Everton could sign the pair immediately rather than wait for the close season, Silva said: “There’s always a chance.

“They are happy here, which is a good sign. That means they are performing, they are enjoying it and they are helping the team also.

“It’s up to the clubs also. It’s in the players’ minds also and they have to decide together with their own clubs. In the right moment we will do something.”

Silva also hailed Zouma’s calming influence in defence.

“He has the qualities to be a very, very good central defender – but has all the conditions to improve too,” Silva added.

“He’s happy in our club, he’s performing well and he’s challenging with the other central defenders in our squad. It’s a big fight for them and Zouma is proving his quality, like the others.”

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