Silva reacts after hearing Everton fans want him to sign Kurt Zouma

Marco Silva, head coach of FC Everton gestures during the pre-season friendly match between SV Werder Bremen and FC Everton at Wohninvest Weserstadion on August 03, 2019 in Bremen, Germany.

Everton fans are desperate for Kurt Zouma to come back to the club.

Marco Silva, head coach of FC Everton gestures during the pre-season friendly match between SV Werder Bremen and FC Everton at Wohninvest Weserstadion on August 03, 2019 in Bremen, Germany.

Everton boss Marco Silva has told the Liverpool ECHO that fans starting an online campaign to sign Kurt Zouma sums up how loved he is at Goodison Park – and demanded a centre back is signed.

The Toffees took Zouma on loan from Chelsea last summer, landing him alongside another defender in Yerry Mina on deadline day in August 2018.

Zouma impressed at Goodison Park, far more than Mina did, but has now returned to Chelsea having seen his loan spell on Merseyside come to an end.

 

The Frenchman will now be looking to compete with Antonio Rudiger, David Luiz, Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori at Chelsea, but there's still a lingering interest from Everton.

They want Zouma permanently, though BBC Sport report that Everton would have to fork out around £30million to bring him to Merseyside permanently.

That's a considerable fee, but would give Silva a key player from last season again, and fans rallied on Twitter on Friday to start the '#FreeZouma' movement, campaigning to get him out of Chelsea and off back to Everton.

Now, Silva has reacted by admitting that he doesn't look at social media, but hearing about the campaign just goes to show what everyone at Everton thinks of Zouma and how much they want him back.

Kurt Zouma of Chelsea controls the ball during the preseason friendly match between Kawasaki Frontale and Chelsea at Nissan Stadium on July 19, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.

Silva was reluctant to speak more about Zouma given that he's a Chelsea player, but did demand that a centre back is signed given that he doesn't think Lewis Gibson is ready to play Premier League football.

“No I don't look [on social media]!” said Silva. “What is the priority is the central defender, we cannot go through a tough season with Mason [Holgate], Michael [Keane] and [Yerry] Mina - even if the boy [Lewis] Gibson is working with us, he's not ready yet for this level. I don't like to talk about Zouma, because he's not our player. I don't need to repeat anything about him.”

“Our fans' reaction shows everything about what we as a club and me as a manager think about him But it's not fair for me [to comment] first because I have to respect the defenders we have here even if they know we want one more, and Zouma is a Chelsea player. It's not the moment to talk about him. If it's not Zouma, it has to be another one with quality to improve our squad and to give competition,” he added.

Kurt Zouma of Everton applauds the fans after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton Fc at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 12, 2019 in London, England.

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