Danny Mills claims that Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma will have been disappointed not to have secured a move back to Everton this summer after his impressive loan spell on Merseyside.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Manchester City and England defender suggested that Zouma remained at Chelsea due to being a reliable player who is not exceptional enough to be poached by other teams but good enough for the Blues.
Everton defender Michael Keane revealed he had spoken with Zouma about moving back to Goodison Park this summer and admitted he was disappointed not to see the Frenchman back in Marco Silva’s squad.
Mills says that the England international might not be the only one who was upset with the situation, insisting that Zouma and Keane had built up a formidable relationship which the Chelsea man would have been happy to continue.
Asked if he thought Zouma would be disappointed not to seal a move back to Goodison Park, Mills told Football Insider: “Yeah, I think they had a settled way of playing last season, 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.”
Zouma, 24, played 36 times for Everton during his time on Merseyside, scoring two goals in his 32 Premier League appearances under Marco Silva.
He has been a mainstay for Frank Lampard at Chelsea this campaign, with his 11 outings across all competitions taking his total number of games for the Blues to 82.
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