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Frank Lampard made final decision to keep 24-year-old powerhouse at Chelsea

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard insists he wants Kurt Zouma to stay at Stamford Bridge this season.

The 24-year-old spent the 2017-18 season on loan at Stoke City and thrived during his temporary stint at Everton last term.

Marco Silva is keen to sign Zouma on a permanent deal for Everton this summer. But Lampard wants the French centre-back to stay at Stamford Bridge, despite the strong competition for places.

‘In terms of Kurt Zouma, he’s a very good defender for us, very good player, very good person and professional,’ said Lampard. ‘I want him here, simple as that.

‘We are competitive with the centre-backs we have in the team and he had a very good season at Everton and I can understand why they want him. He’s a Chelsea player and I want him.’

Unlike Kurt Zouma, another Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu is likely to leave Stamford Bridge in order to join Bundesliga club RB Leipzig on loan deal this summer.

The 18-year-old has just one Premier League appearance to his name and 12 for Chelsea in all competitions, despite earning eight caps for Wales already in his young career.

Blues boss Frank Lampard confirmed earlier this week that he planned to send the Welshman out on loan to gain experience and the Bundesliga club have come calling, according to Sky in Germany.