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Chelsea desperate to keep 24-year-old powerhouse at Stamford Bridge

Kurt Zouma is among the players Chelsea are set to keep at Stamford Bridge next campaign because of their transfer ban.

Zouma spent the past campaign on loan at Everton, who would love to have an opportunity to make the move permanent during the summer. But Marco Silva faces possible disappointment because of the Blues’ fears they won’t be able to escape the sanction imposed on the club by FIFA.

Chelsea are currently appealing the two-window transfer ban handed down to them for breaching rules in the signing of youth players.

Yet the Telegraph say there’s a growing feeling at the West London outfit that they may be forced to accept serving the ban in case the club are with more severe punishment if the appeal fails.

They state that is impacting on the decisions Chelsea make with several of their stars who were out on loan last term who could be trusted to be in the main team squad.

The departure of English defender Gary Cahill leaves an obvious hole at the back, and French international Kurt Zouma is the ideal person to be able to fill that void.

The 24-year-old star impressed during his stay at Everton and seems to have put the knee problems which blighted his progress from a promising teenager behind him.

Eden Hazard’s move to Real Madrid leaves a vacant position, though Cristian Pulisic will arrive having finalised his move from Borussia Dortmund in January transfer window.

There’s a weakness in the attack, which could see both Michy Batshuayi and Tammy Abraham given places in the senior team squad after two seasons out on loan.