Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has been in charge for less than a month and has brought the feel good factor back to the club.
His arrival has also meant that several players that had been jettisoned under past coaches could have a future at the club. One player that was mentioned by the former England international after the defeat to Kawasaki Frontale is Kurt Zouma.
The Frenchman was impressive in the defeat and has been touted by his manager to be a first team option next season. Zouma has spent the past two seasons on loan at Stoke City and Everton after his long-term injury four seasons ago.
The 25-year-old was considered as one of the best young defenders in the Premier League before the injury. However the injury took a lot from his game and he lost the extra yard of pace in his legs.
However the loan move to Everton last season brought the best out of the French man as he looked like he had recovered his powers. Zouma has been linked with a permanent move to Everton and Chelsea were reported to have welcomed the idea of selling the defender for £30million.
However, Lampard believes that Zouma is an excellent defender and he wants to keep him at the club for the foreseeable future.
“Kurt is a very good defender, a very good person and professional, and I want him here, simple as that. We are competitive with the centre-backs we’ve got in the team.
“He had a very good season at Everton and I understand why they want him, but he’s a Chelsea player and I want him. He’s working really hard and if he competes for a position and plays well this season then he plays.