Kurt Zouma has said he expects to stay at Chelsea, after being given assurances over his future.
The France defender spent the 2018/2019 campaign away from Stamford Bridge on loan at Everton.
He impressed while at Goodison Park with Toffees boss, Marco Silva, expressing a desire to take the 24-year-old back to Merseyside.
Zouma has, however, been informed by new Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard, that there is a role for him with his parent club.
“I want him here, simple as that. I want him to be happy. If he competes and plays well this season, he plays,” Lampard said.
Zouma has welcomed that show of faith and believes he will be staying put in the current transfer window, but was quick to add that he cannot rule anything out.
He told reporters: “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.
“We had a chat, and he was very good with me. He is a very good manager.
“I enjoyed my time at Everton but I’m a Chelsea player and we’ll see what will happen now in the future. I think it will be here at Chelsea.
“This is a chance for me. I went out on loan last season but I’m a Chelsea player and I want to do well to get my chance and be here.”