Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is considering handing defender Kurt Zouma a new contract after his recent leadership at the back, according to a report.
Frank Lampard‘s side were one of the busiest teams in Europe during the prolonged summer transfer window.
But as well as spending over £200million on six major acquisitions, they offloaded several players of their own.
Defence was an area in which Lampard was keen to revamp his team; goalkeeper Edouard Mendy arrived from Rennes, while Thiago Silva has provided stability at centre-back.
Indeed, it was Silva’s arrival that raised doubts about the future of his defensive colleagues, including Zouma. The 26-year-old was a firm target for Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti.
Tottenham were also reportedly keen but, according to L’Equipe (via Sport Witness), Chelsea wanted nearly €45million (£40million) for the player.
What’s more, while Spurs and Everton both submitted offers, they did not reach that asking price.
Indeed, Chelsea were reportedly adamant that they would not let Zouma leave for anything less.
The French newspaper adds that Zouma would not have ‘looked unfavourably’ at moving to a new club in the summer.
He was a fairly regular feature for Lampard last season but spent a portion of the Premier League campaign on the bench.
Lampard considering new Zouma contract
However, Zouma’s stance on his future could soon change, with one report detailing the backing he has at Chelsea.
The Frenchman has appeared in seven of his team’s eight league games this term. What’s more, journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Lampard sees Zouma as a “new leader”.
Speaking on his Here We Go podcast, Romano added that Chelsea are looking to tie him down to a new contract.
Zouma has just under three years left on his current deal but his form has wowed Lampard this season.
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