Everton fans react on Twitter to comments on Kurt Zouma by Chelsea boss Frank Lampard

Everton's Kurt Zouma

The Blues defender had a superb loan spell at Goodison Park and many Toffees fans want him back.

Everton's Kurt Zouma

A number of Everton fans have taken to Twitter to give their thoughts on Chelsea manager Frank Lampard effectively ruling Kurt Zouma out of returning to Goodison Park or anywhere else.

The 24-year-old thoroughly impressed during a season-long loan at Goodison Park last term and, as a result, many Toffees supporters were eager for him to make a permanent return to Merseyside.

Indeed, The Telegraph reported how the Everton hierarchy quickly entered in discussions with Chelsea for Zouma as soon as Lampard was confirmed as Maurizio Sarri's successor at Stamford Bridge, while BBC Sport said he would likely comment a fee of at least £30million.

 

According to The Mirror, Zouma was understood to have been open to a return to Everton if first-team opportunities at Chelsea were again going to be hard to come by, with an eye on the France squad for Euro 2020.

However, following the 1-0 friendly loss to Kawasaki Frontale on Friday, Lampard made it clear he wants Zouma to remain at Stamford Bridge, telling The Mirror: "He’s a very good defender for us, very good player, very good person and professional.

"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."

England's former player Frank Lampard takes his seat for The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony, on October 23, 2017 in London.

With Zouma contracted to Chelsea until 2023 (Transfermarkt), having shown what he's capable of in the top flight, and the Blues currently hamstrung by a FIFA transfer ban, the new Blues manager's stance, whilst disappointing for Evertonians, is not particularly surprising.

Here is what some Everton fans on social media made of Lampard's comments:

(EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Kurt Zouma and Richarlison during the Everton training session at USM Finch Farm on April 4, 2019 in Halewood, England.

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