Everton boss Marco Silva admits that Chelsea may not want to sell defender Kurt Zouma in the summer, but says that he will test that resolve and hopes that the player will want to come to Goodison on a permanent basis.
Zouma spent last season on loan at Stoke and endured relegation with them before returning to Chelsea, only to find himself out on loan again, this time at Goodison Park where he should enjoy a slightly better season.
He is currently keeping Phil Jagielka and Yerry Mina out of the team at Everton and his manager, Silva, says he is very pleased with how the loan move is working out, but insists there is still room for the Frenchman to improve.
Along with his countryman, Lucas Digne, Zouma has enjoyed a recall to the French national side since the switch to Everton, and Silva says Zouma is doing very well.
“I am really pleased, to be really honest with you,” Silva told the ECHO. “Really pleased. I took the decision in the last day of the market. I had the name in my mind, always, and was in contact with people who are close to him but I had that solution in mind, even if you know the club doesn’t want to sell him.
“But to be honest with you, I see many, many conditions in which he can improve, and he knows because I speak to him everyday what I am demanding of him.
“But I am really happy with him, he is improving, trying, he is a good professional, he is happy in our club, he is a good team-mate and a really important player.
“Let’s see what we can do or not in the future. But it’s also about his opinion, about his future. But we are really happy with him.”