Frank Lampard stepped in to reject an approach from Everton for Chelsea star Kurt Zouma in the summer transfer market, according to reports.

Despite the arrival of veteran Thiago Silva, Kurt has been a mainstay in the Blues defence this campaign.

The Frenchman has started four of Chelsea’s five PL games, scoring two goals in the process.

According to The Athletic, an official enquiry from Everton on Zouma was blocked by head coach Lampard.

The Toffees are also understood to have asked about Antonio Rudiger but were put off by the west London side’s demands.

The Germany international has not yet featured yet this term and was close to sealing a transfer away from Stamford Bridge in the summer window.

The club’s terms to send the 27-year-old out on a season-long loan included a £5m loan fee and for his wages – said to be around £150,000 per week – paid out in full.

Addressing his situation in the summer, Antonio told The Athletic last week:

‘The club didn’t tell me that it was absolutely necessary for me to find a new club and that they definitely didn’t have me in their plans for the next few months,’ the former Roma ace told The Athletic.

‘I also turned down one or two options myself. I wasn’t prepared to pack it all in simply because I had been left out a few times.

‘I enjoy living in London and like being at Chelsea. Naturally, I looked at a couple of options in the two weeks before the end of the transfer window.

‘There was a possibility of a loan deal, in order for me to get more game time. Due to many different reasons and the shortage of time, nothing materialised in the end.’