Last Updated: 22/07/19 1:21pm
Kurt Zouma turned out for Chelsea in their pre-season friendly against Kawasaki Frontale on Friday
Kurt Zouma has not handed in a transfer request to Chelsea, Sky Sports News understands.
The defender is currently on pre-season tour with the club after spending last season on loan at Everton and started last Friday’s friendly defeat against Kawasaki Frontale alongside David Luiz.Zouma made 36 appearances for Everton last term, with his form also earning him a recall to the France squad. Sky Sports believe the permanent signing of Zouma remains a top priority for Everton this summer – even though Chelsea are currently under a transfer ban and cannot sign any players for the next two windows. 0:40 Get excited for the 2019/20 season with Sky Sports where you can watch all the best action from the Premier League, EFL, SPFL and more! Get excited for the 2019/20 season with Sky Sports where you can watch all the best action from the Premier League, EFL, SPFL and more! After the 1-0 defeat to Kawasaki Frontale, Lampard said he understood why there was interest in Zouma, but he liked the player and insisted “he’s a Chelsea player”.Lampard said: “‘In terms of Kurt Zouma, 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.”Follow the Summer Transfer Window on Sky Sports Sky Sports News brings you the very latest news from this summer’s transfer market with three new shows.Start your day with Good Morning Transfers at 9am as our team of reporters bring you the latest news and insight. Transfer Talk then follows at midday delivering analysis of the biggest stories. And join us at 7pm for the definitive round up of the day’s news with The Transfer Show. And as well as tuning into Sky Sports News, don’t miss a thing with our dedicated Transfer Centre blog.There’s also the Transfer Talk Podcast, the daily UK, Regional and European Paper Talk, plus features across skysports.com and the Sky Sports App.