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Kurt Zouma had a wonderful season on loan with Everton last term as the Chelsea defender formed an effective partnership with English centre-back Michael Keane.
Everton boss Marco Silva was determined to sign Zouma permanently during the summer, but new Blues boss Frank Lampard wanted to Zouma to remain at the Bridge.
Keane has now revealed his disappointment that the club wasn’t able to keep Zouma, admitting that he’s missing the Frenchman.
He said: “Obviously [Kurt] was brilliant for us and a great person to have around the squad as well so I’m disappointed he didn’t come.
“But that’s not because of anything to do with football ability because Yerry [Mina] is perfectly capable of doing that as well as he’s proven.
“Kurt is back at Chelsea now so that is sort of out of our control. We wish him well and he’s seemingly starting to find his feet there now which is good for him.
“He was a fantastic player for us and I loved playing with him so you never know in the future.
Keane has also admitted that he spoke with Zouma to remain at the Goodison Park.
He added: “Yeah! I did [ask him about the potential move] a good few times!”
“Unfortunately it didn’t look like it was going to happen at any point really. I said ‘when are you coming?’
“To be fair, he loved his time here and he’s gone back to Chelsea and it’s a chance for him to impress and the manager wanted to keep him so he didn’t really have a say.”