Chelsea center back Kurt Zouma is enjoying one of the best seasons of his career on loan at Everton, where he’s been a key player all season long — including in last weekend’s 1-0 win over Arsenal that helped put Chelsea back in the top four.
But Agent Zouma may not be coming back to Chelsea this summer, certainly not if Everton have their way. As Toffees manager Marco Silva revealed yesterday, they are simply waiting for the right moment to make their moves, not just on Zouma but fellow loanee Andre Gomes (from Barcelona) as well.
“There’s always a chance [to make their signings permanent]. They are happy here, which is a good sign. That means they are performing, they are enjoying it and they are helping the team also.”
“It’s up to the clubs also. It’s in the players’ minds also and they have to decide together with their own clubs. In the right moment we will do something.”
Zouma went to Merseyside with the express intent to improve and win his place back at Chelsea, but has recently changed his tune to be more open to staying. With over 200 top flight games under his belt at just 24 years of age, he’s certainly not looking to be a backup anywhere, even if he still has plenty of room to improve.
Conditions have been perfect for him at Everton; at Chelsea he may not find it so easy to beat out others for playing time.
“He has the qualities to be a very, very good central defender - but has all the conditions to improve too. He’s happy in our club, he’s performing well and he’s challenging with the other central defenders in our squad. It’s a big fight for them and Zouma is proving his quality, like the others.”
-Marco Silva; source: Daily Mail
As things stand right now, Chelsea are set to lose two veteran center backs in David Luiz and Gary Cahill. Even if David Luiz eventually signs a one-year extension, Zouma, who still has four years left on his Chelsea contract, could yet find a place back at Stamford Bridge — especially if we are unsuccessful in delaying the start of the transfer ban.