Conte explains why Chelsea farmed Zouma out on loan

Ruben Hill
September 22, 2017

Hazard, who had ankle surgery during the summer, returned to the starting line-up for Wednesday's Carabao Cup win against Nottingham Forest.

Chelsea face Stoke on Saturday before a midweek clash with Atletico Madrid and then a crunch showdown against Manchester City next weekend.

It was a manual accident but he's fit and available for the Stoke game.

And, though Conte has decided to make Alvaro Morata the spearhead of his attack this season, the Italian says Batshuayi is in line for more game time. Honestly, in the last game I felt a really good atmosphere in the changing room - a good link between young players and old players.

"Now we have to play three games and there is the possibility to pick him for these games".

"He is one of the players in our squad", he said.

Another young player Conte hopes will make a big impact this season is France worldwide Kurt Zouma, who is on loan at the Potters and not eligible to play this weekend. "We wish him all the best for the future".

"I think now it is not important, I'm not interested to continue talking about this issue".

"For him this season it is very important, he is playing very well and it is a pleasure to see him playing regularly".

"Last season he didn't play a lot".

Conte knows how important this term is for the powerful defender, who penned a six-year deal in July- and is looking forward to welcoming him back to Stamford Bridge at the end of the campaign.

He said: "The most important thing is to go game by game".

"We always want to work and be focused on the pitch and work".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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