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Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has spent the last two seasons away on loan, having lost his place in the Chelsea first team due to a long-term injury he suffered against Manchester United in 2015.
Zouma spent the 2017/18 campaign with Stoke City and was a big player for them but couldn’t stop the Potters from being relegated. The Frenchman spent the last season on loan with Everton, and the 24-year-old impressed.
Everton boss Marco Silva has been hoping to permanently sign Zouma this summer, but new Blues boss Frank Lampard wanted to see the 24-year-old in action before deciding whether to keep or sell him.
Zouma has now impressed Lampard in pre-season, and the Chelsea boss is determined to keep him.
“In terms of Kurt Zouma, he’s a very good defender for us, very good player, very good person and professional,” Lampard said.
“I want him here, simple as that. We are competitive with the centre-backs we have in the team and he had a very good season at Everton.
“I can understand why they want him. He’s a Chelsea player and I want him.”
Everton boss Marco Silva has now revealed his disappointment at not signing Zouma, and will move on to other targets.
“You are right, you are right,” Silva replied when asked if there would be a cut off point for his interest in Zouma.
“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 [Gomes] 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.”