Chelsea star Kurt Zouma has signed a new six year deal with the Blues and subsequently he has joined Stoke City on loan for the 2017-18 season. Zouma, a France international, joined Chelsea from French outfit Saint-Etienne for £12 million in January 2014.
He played 13 times for Antonio Conte’s Premier League champions last season, having recovered from a knee injury he suffered in February 2016. His limited appearances last term and the arrival of Anthony Rudiger may have been suggestive that the young lanky defender may will have more limited chances this season, hence he has joined the Potters on loan to develop him as a player.
Stoke manager Mark Hughes described Zouma as “undoubtedly one of the most talented young defenders in the game”. The 22 year old’s move has been welcomed by Mark Hughes who claims that Stoke will help to regain his form prior to his injury.
Also Chelsea director Michael Emenalo said, “It is fantastic Kurt has chosen to commit his future to Chelsea. He has shown his talent since joining us three years ago, and has returned from a serious injury with a fantastic attitude.”
Mark Hughes is pleased that Zouma has joined Stoke
The defender spent last 3 seasons with the Premier League champions and has so far made 71 appearances with them. Since his arrival in the Premier League the former Saint Etienne man has already won two Premier Leagues and a League Cup, and also got a chance to feature for his national team.
Zouma has other suitors in England but he eventually opted for a move to Stamford Bridge and Hughes feels his previous contact with him helped Stoke beat off competition from other clubs to sign him.
Chelsea meanwhile have already landed four players so far this season as their most recent signing was Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid. Also Willy Caballero from Manchester City, Anthony Rudiger from Roma and Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco has arrived at Stamford Bridge.