Chelsea star Kurt Zouma will be ‘disappointed’ Everton transfer didn’t happen | Football | Sport
Chelsea defender will be unhappy to have not left the club for Everton in the summer.
That’s the opinion of former Manchester City defender Danny Mills.
Chelsea centre-back Zouma has started five times this season in the Premier League after the departure of David Luiz to Arsenal.
The 24-year-old defender enjoyed a successful loan spell at Goodison Park last season, and many expected the Toffees to make the move permanent.
Everton were in need of a defender during the summer to partner Michael Keane, who admitted he had spoken to Zouma about a return to Merseyside.
The two sides were reported to be in negotiations earlier in the summer, but were unable to agree a deal despite his impressive performances during last season’s loan.
And Mills believes the defender will be upset to have not seen his move become permanent, because he played his best football there.
“Yeah, I think they had a settled way of playing last season,” he said to FootballInsider when asked if Zouma would feel disappointed to have not returned.
“Defensively they were looking good and it hasn’t quite worked out for them so far this season.
“It happens, players move on.
“Players go on loan and they don’t come back so you always have to adjust accordingly. Good players get snapped up and move on, bad players get thrown out the door and move on.
“Unless you’re at an exceptional club like Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, where you stay for a long period of time, it’s those players in the middle, those reliable players, who tend to stay the longest.”
Earlier this week, Keane opened up on his talks with Zouma, and suggested the Frenchman would have been open to a return.
“Yeah, I did [ask him about the potential move] a good few times,” he said.
“Unfortunately it didn’t look like it was going to happen at any point really. I said ‘when are you coming?’
“To be fair, he loved his time here and he’s gone back to Chelsea and it’s a chance for him to impress and the manager wanted to keep him so he didn’t really have a say.”