Frank Lampard opens up on rejected transfer bids for Kurt Zouma

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed he turned down multiple bids for defender Kurt Zouma during the summer transfer window.

Zouma has been a key part of Lampard’s team this season, having played nine games in the Premier League.

The centre-back has only been rested once - for the trip to Brighton in September.

Having spent a year on loan at Everton last campaign, it was believed that the Frenchman would stay at Goodison Park on a permanent deal.

It was reported that the Toffees had made a bid for the 25-year-old, but the offer didn’t meet Chelsea’s valuation.

Now, Lampard has admitted he did in fact turn away offers for his star defender, as he praised Zouma's partnership with Fikayo Tomori.

“He has been fantastic," Lampard said.

"There was a belief that I had in Kurt because there was interest in the summer after we all know he had a very good loan at Everton last year.

"But I believed in him as I believed in Tomori – that is why I made the decisions I made pre-season in terms of where we were going to look defensively.

"It has been nice to get some stability, albeit because of injuries, between him and Fikayo in the last games,” the Blues boss revealed.

Zouma is expected to be a part of Chelsea’s team to face Manchester United in the Carabao Cup tonight [7.45pm KO].
It will be the first time the two sides have met since United’s opening day thrashing of Lampard’s side.

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