Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has no intentions of quitting the Stamford Bridge outfit for Everton this summer, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
Zouma has been a key target for Marco Silva following his season on loan at Goodison Park, with the Toffees opening negotiations with the Pensioners last month with a view to striking a permanent arrangement.
The boss has openly addressed his interest in the French defender throughout the summer, and recently added that he remained hopeful in the 24-year-old returning to Goodison Park in time for the new campaign, but will now have to bank on the other players on his shortlist.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has convinced Zouma that he has a future at Stamford Bridge following the former England international’s return to South West London, with his comments on wanting the Frenchman to stay and fight for a place.
“I’m happy with what the manager said about me,” Zouma said. “That means he is seeing the work I’m doing, and I’m very pleased with that.
“We had a chat at the beginning of pre-season, and he was very good with me. We talk a lot.
“It is true that I enjoyed my time at Everton, but I am a Chelsea player, and we’ll see what will happen in the end.
“I think [my future] it will be here at Chelsea, but the most important thing is to work and to prepare for the season. I want to do really well in pre-season to get my chance and be here.”
Zouma had managed to earn a return to the France national side while on loan with us last term, as he made 36 outings across all competitions, scoring and assisting two goals – including assisting Gylfi Sigurdsson’s 77th-minute winner away to Leicester City in October.
The 24-year-old will now have to challenge Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz for minutes when the new Premier League campaign commences next month, although German defender Rudiger is expected to be ruled out until October following surgery.