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Silva maintains he wants Everton to sign ‘important’ Gomes and Zouma permanently

Everton boss Marco Silva is determined to sign ‘important’ loanees Andre Gomes and Kurt Zouma on a permanent basis.

Midfielder Gomes arrived on a season-long deal from Barcelona last summer, with the 25-year-old having impressed at Goodison Park.

Champions League finalists Tottenham have also been credited with an interest in signing the Portuguese international this summer, while Kurt Zouma could return to Chelsea following his the conclusion of his year-long loan spell, but Silva says Everton must prove their ambition to the players in an attempt to seal permanent deals for the pair.

“Our relationship is really honest since the first day and we didn’t decide nothing about his future, and his agent also. Now it’s up to us to show that ambition with the clubs and with the players,” Silva said in Friday’s pre-match press conference.

“I repeat what I said the last few months about Gomes and Kurt Zouma, they are important, they didn’t do anything alone. We welcome them with technical stuff it was important for me to see their progress.

“Last season Zouma [was] at Stoke [and] he wasn’t performing, we helped him to improve and to help him get better every day is our job. Let’s see what we can do to sign them permanently.”