Top Everton target rules out move
Everton have been hit by the news Kurt Zouma has come out and revealed he intends to stay with Chelsea next season.
Toffees boss Marco Silva was keen to sign the central defender on a permanent basis this summer after he impressed while on loan at Goodison Park in the last campaign.
Everton's chances of doing a deal looked slim after Chelsea boss Frank Lampard said the player was not for sale, and now Zouma has also revealed he intends to stay.
There had been talk of him handing in a transfer request, but such talk appears to be wide of the mark.
"I think it will be here at Chelsea but the most important thing is to work and to prepare for the season," he said. "I want to do really well in pre-season to get my chance and be here."
Of his time at Goodison, he added: "It was a very good season for me. I made some good friends and I enjoyed my time there with the manager as well.
"It was very good for my development. After my injury I was ready to play week-in, week-out and get used to playing regularly. By going there, that is what I did.
"I feel I am a better player. Everything has improved in my game - tactically and technically as a defender with my positioning."
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.