Kurt Zouma says he improved ‘technically and tactically’ during his loan spell at Everton, with the defender ready to force his way into Frank Lampard’s plans at Chelsea this season.
The 24-year-old impressed during a season-long loan spell at Goodison Park last season, making 32 Premier League appearances for Marco Silva’s side.
Zouma says the opportunity to play week-in, week-out benefitted him following a lengthy lay-off with injury, with the centre-back admitting he enjoyed his time on Merseyside.
“I had a very good season and really enjoyed my time there,” told chelseafc.com.
“I met some good players and worked with a good manager so I feel everything in my game as a defender has improved.
“I just wanted to play week-in, week-out and by going there, that’s what I did. I improved myself technically and tactically in every aspect. I still have a lot to learn but I’ve done a lot since my injury and I’m very happy with it.”
Zouma has now returned to Stamford Bridge and held talks with new boss Lampard ahead of the coming campaign, the France international prepared to work hard as he bids to establish himself as a Chelsea regular this season.
“We had a chat and he’s been very good with me so now I just need to work very hard in pre-season and see what happens,” Zouma continued.
“Of course there’s competition here because we have a lot of players, a lot of quality and everybody is working hard, which you can see in the games and training sessions.
“The manager can put any player in the team and they will do well because we have a lot of quality here so he has to make the choice. He is very lucky because he has only good players so it’s a hard choice.”