“But it’s also about his opinion, about his future. But we are really happy with him.”

Silva’s hopes of keeping the important player around, have been dealt a massive blow today.

BBC Sport has confirmed that Zouma’s parent club Chelsea have been hit with a two-window transfer ban.

The punishment is relating to a breach in rules over youth players.

The Blues have numerous players out on loan and they could now become key members of the squad next season.

Familiar ground

Zouma already has 47 Premier League appearances under his belt at Stamford Bridge.

As a tried and tested option, they could be forced to hand him a West London lifeline next season.

Chelsea’s defending this season has been nothing short of shambolic and there is a sense that Zouma hasn’t really done much wrong when called upon.

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Everton must have thought they stood a strong chance of signing the Frenchman permanently but those chances have now taken a significant hit.

The Toffees would have relished the continuity of a settled back four, but now they look likely to be back at square one come the summer.