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Everton boss Marco Silva is set to give up on his pursuit of Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma and turn his attention to other targets after Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insisted he wants to keep Zouma at Stamford Bridge.
Silva has been keen on signing Zouma on a permanent deal after he spent last season on loan at the club.
Asked if there has to be a cut-off point in the pursuit of Zouma, Marco Silva said, according to Liverpool Echo: “You are right, you are right.
“Of course, one of the most important things for me, since we finished the season, is to keep our level.
“It is very, very good for us that we could do that with Andre and our most important players until now, because it was not just Andre and Kurt.
“The most important players in our squad are still here at our club, the 15 or 16 players who played the most are still here until this moment, other than Kurt.
“Let’s see what we can do in this situation.”
Meanwhile, Lampard insists Zouma is part of his first team plans for this season.
“He’s a Chelsea player and I want him,” said the new Chelsea manager.
“Kurt Zouma is a very good defender for us, a very good player, a very good person, a professional and I want him here, simple as that.”