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Kurt Zouma is confident his Chelsea career is not over although he was sent on another loan this season.

The defender signed a new six-year deal in 2017 but will spend the 2018/19 football season on loan to Everton.

Zouma, 23, joined Chelsea in 2014 and was in the process of establishing himself as a regular before suffering a serious knee injury in 2016.

He made just 3 starts the following season and spent last season on loan to Stoke City before joining the Toffees in another loan deal this summer.

The French defender is determined to force his way into Chelsea’s first team on his possible return to Chelsea.

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“I will go back, yes,” he told reporters.

“I have always believed in myself since I started playing football at 16. I have always wanted to show myself at Chelsea since I have been there.

“I know my injuries stopped me in the way I wanted to play but injuries are part of football and I want to show people I can come back and play there. That’s why I need some game time at Everton here because they are a good team.”

He admitted he was the one that asked Maurizio Sarri for another loan move as he expected that he would have limited opportunities at Stamford Bridge this term.

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“The manager arrived late and we didn’t know what was the plan of the club,” he added.

“At Chelsea there were a lot of defenders. I knew I needed to play regularly so I didn’t want to stay on the bench and wait for my chance after two or three months, so that’s why I wanted to go.

“I spoke with the manager and he agreed with me. I knew at Chelsea they had five central defenders already. He plays with four at the back, so there are only two who play. I didn’t want to wait and he completely agreed.”