Chelsea to extend Kurt Zouma's contract before loan move

Lawrence Kim
July 12, 2017

Kurt Zouma is reportedly set for talks at two West Midlands clubs on Wednesday as he seeks a loan move away from Chelsea.

According to ESPN, Chelsea will offer Zouma a new contract before his loan - this is fairly standard operating procedure for the club (see: Victor Moses, Andreas Christensen, etc.), and one that also makes ideal sense in this case just to reassure Zouma of his Chelsea future, if nothing else.

The latest names to have reportedly thrown their hat into the ring are Premier League sides Stoke City and West Bromwich, with other clubs from England and overseas also making enquiries for him.

Zouma joined Chelsea from Saint Etienne in January 2014 for £12.4million and has made 71 appearances for the Blues.

The recent signing of Antonio Rudiger from Roma and the return of Andreas Christensen from a two-year loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach has increased competition for places at Chelsea and Zouma's best option may be to go out on loan in search of regular first-team football.

2015/16 - After becoming a certain starter, winning a squad-high 64% of his duels, the imposing 6ft 3in defender suffered a horrendous knee injury against Manchester United in February 2016.

Following the arrival of Antonio Rudiger this week though, Zouma has fallen further down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge and he'd be well advised to move on for a season and return to Chelsea fully fit and in great form to push Antonio Conte into starting him.

Peter O'Rourke is ESPN FC's transfer news correspondent.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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