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Kurt Zouma’s last competitive appearance in a Chelsea shirt was in May 2017, at the end of a season in which he made his return from a knee ligament injury that kept him sidelined for nine months.
Zouma lost his place in the Chelsea first team due to a long-term injury he suffered against Manchester United in February 2015. The long-term injury made Zouma lose his place in the Chelsea first team and he had to go out on loan for two consecutive seasons, first to Stoke City and then Everton.
The Frenchman is currently with Frank Lampard on pre-season, and now some rumours tend to suggest that he’s keen on a return to Goodison Park where he made a good impression last season.
Everton want the Frenchman back on Merseyside having already made Andre Gomes’s loan move permanent from Barcelona in a £22m deal, and rumours are claiming that the Chelsea defender has handed a transfer request to leave Stamford Bridge and join Marco Silva at Chelsea.
Zouma has denied such reports and has revealed that he’s fighting for his place in the Chelsea first team next season, and is trying to impress Lampard on pre-season.
Reflecting on his time with Everton last season, Zouma said: “I had a very good season and really enjoyed my time there.
“I met some good players and worked with a good manager so I feel everything in my game as a defender has improved.
“I just wanted to play week-in, week-out and by going there, that’s what I did. I improved myself technically and tactically in every aspect. I still have a lot to learn but I’ve done a lot since my injury and I’m very happy with it.”
Speaking on the rumours, Zouma said: “There is a lot of talk but I’m a Chelsea player and the most important thing is to work, play well in pre-season and take my chances,” he said.
“I’m happy with what he said about me because it means he’s pleased with the work I’m doing.”