Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has spent the season on loan at Everton and they are hoping to sign the France international permanently at the end of the season.
According to Liverpool Echo, Chelsea are expecting Kurt Zouma to return to Stamford Bridge for the start of pre-season this summer and are reportedly not keen on listening to offers for the France international with a transfer ban looming over the Blues.
Chelsea are currently not allowed to make any signings for the next two transfer windows but a FIFA hearing into the ban may change that.
FIFA’s Appeals Committee met in Zurich last month to discuss the ban on the club and a decision is expected soon.
Everton boss Marco Silva recently insisted Everton will do all they can to sign the 24-year-old defender on a long-term contract but that can only happen if the transfer ban on Chelsea is overturned. Everton will be hoping for a favourable ruling by FIFA so they can sign Zouma on a permanent deal.
Zouma has remained coy over his future and following Everton’s win over Burnley on Friday night said: “We’ve still got a game to go and then we’ll see what’s going to happen next.”
Chelsea will travel to Japan in mid-July for friendly games with Kawasaki Frontale and Barcelona and the Blues are reportedly planning for pre-season with Zouma.
In April, Zouma admitted he was enjoying his time at Everton but admitted he wasn’t unsure where he will play 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.”