Frank Lampard praised Kurt Zouma after Chelsea’s win at Crystal Palace.
Reports have suggested that Zouma could be among players sold by Lampard this summer in order to make room for new signings.
He continues to be linked with a move to Tottenham, having previously played under Spurs’ former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
But Zouma has impressed since being recalled for the games against Palace and Watford.
He produced a vital late challenge in the 3-2 win at Selhurst Park as Chelsea were coming under sustained pressure late in the match.
Lampard said at his post-match press conference. “It was fantastic from Kurt and at Watford he played a really good game as well; imposing with his defending and good on the ball. That’s everything I want.
“Defenders might not always get the credit for those, but his was definitely a point-saving tackle at the end and saved us two points. I’m really pleased with him.”
Nevertheless, Zouma faces major competition for a place at Chelsea and the prospect of new signings coming in means he could well end up moving on.
The Daily Express reported on Wednesday that Spurs are “increasingly confident” of a deal for Zouma.
It is claimed that the north London club are looking to buy Zouma for £25m.