French defender Kurt Zouma has indicated that he wants to remains with Chelsea, although he would not prefer sitting on the bench waiting for first-team opportunities.
The centre-back has spent the past two seasons on loan with Stoke City and Everton respectively, but that won’t be the case for the forthcoming campaign with manager Frank Lampard keen on working with him.
In a report covered by The Mirror, Zouma said that he is pleased with the manager’s comments regarding him and believes he has made a good impression on Lampard with his progress.
He said: “I’m happy with what the manager said about me. That means he is seeing the work I’m doing and I’m very pleased with that.”
However, the 24-year-old added that he would want more gametime with the Blues next season, considering he is eager to represent the national team at the 2020 European Championship.
“That is very important for me. It was one of my targets to get into the France team. I managed to do that. Now the target is to play at the Euros – but to be there you have to be playing at your club,” he added.
At the present point of time, Antonio Rudiger remains unavailable following a knee surgery and that has left a vacant spot alongside David Luiz at the heart of the backline.
Zouma and Andreas Christensen are the contenders for the central defensive role, but the former could hold the edge with the additional top-flight experience within his ranks.
Still, there remains the doubt whether he can command a regular starting spot when Rudiger returns to the fray after a few games into the new Premier League season.
Chelsea are currently going through the second phase of pre-season and they are scheduled to face Barcelona at the Saitama Stadium in Japan on Tuesday.