The Blues defender had a superb loan spell at Goodison Park and many Toffees fans want him back.
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."
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:
Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 19, 2019
Zouma’s not coming then, time for Mina to step up!— Ste...Toffees!!! (@Everton1878Ste) July 19, 2019
He won’t hang around to be a squad player, he’s a starter with us at a place he enjoyed.— Ian G (@IanG1878) July 19, 2019
“Benefit the squad” if the mans wants to start every game, he’s guaranteed that at Everton— Will (@WAJG_96) July 19, 2019
And so he should. You play him and you will see the rewards. Good luck time for us to move on.— Paul Ashcroft (@PaulAshcroft8) July 19, 2019
Fingers crossed hes guaranteed first team football. Wish we could sign him but if he plays every week that's good for him. Good luck @KurtZouma see you at goodison soon— Sam Hughes (@sam19hughes) July 19, 2019
Tough choice kurt warm there bench or be first choice for the blues— John ( keysey) (@keysey1878) July 19, 2019
What he wants and gets can be 2 different outcomes.— tony (@tonyf_efc) July 19, 2019
Not really mate. The guy is too good for the bench. This statement shows Lampard sees him as a squad player. Now up to Zouma to settle or push for a move— Daz (@BramleyToffee) July 19, 2019
just sticking the price up by 5m. no bother— Jack (@_JackG22) July 19, 2019
Let's hope Kurt fancies being the main man at Everton.— al (@ruthergears21) July 19, 2019
Good luck Kurt. was excellent for us last season. should be a starter. gutted that he wont be back. Time to move on.— T Macca (@Tonymacca1980) July 19, 2019
Dosen't say hes my main man etc just says squad. Zouma will.want to play ahead of a Euro.2020 season.— Stephen Leary (@MrEverton1878) July 19, 2019
Maybe not but i think Zouma would like to have them guarentees mate. Guess well soon find out.— Stephen Leary (@MrEverton1878) July 19, 2019
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