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Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma doesn’t give up on his career at Stamford Bridge: the French central back moved on loan to Everton last month, a year after signing a new six-year deal with Chelsea.

“I will go back, yes,” Zouma told British media.

“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.”

Zouma, who spent last season at Stoke City, said new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri agreed to the temporary switch only because there had been a surplus of centre-back options at Stamford Bridge.

“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,” he added.

He (Sarri) agreed with me. I spoke with him and I knew at Chelsea they had five central defenders already.”

Zouma still have to find his best form after recovering from an ACL injury that occurred more than two years ago and last season played on loan at Stoke City:

“I have come here to play and I want to take the opportunity the manager has given me,” Zouma said.

“We played well in the three games, especially with the away games with 10 men. The spirit is good. With the players we have, we can do something.”

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Kurt Zouma has today joined Everton Football Club on a season-long loan from  Chelsea.

A deal had been agreed by both clubs before 7PM deadline and was eventually confirmed earlier this afternoon.

The Toffees have now completed four siginings on Deadline Day after Yerry Mina, Andre Gomes and Bernard joined the club on the last day of the transfer market window.

Zouma, who joined Chelsea from Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne back in 2014, has enjoyed a successful loan-spell at Stoke City collecting 34 appearances in the 2017/18 season despite the Potters were eventually relegated.

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Also Chelsea are considering to bring Salomon Rondon back to the Premier League after the Venezuelan striker faced relegation with West Bromwich Albion this season, according to reports in English press.

Rondon, who scored 10 goals with the Baggies, is said to be keen on moving to a London side with also Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United also keen on the 28-year-old.

Chelsea signed Olivier Giroud from Arsenal on January transfer window’s Deadline Day and are considering to sell Alvaro Morata following a controversial first season at Stamford Bridge. AC Milan are said to be interested in the former Juventus and Real Madrid forward.

Also Tammy Abraham will join back Chelsea following a season-long loan spell at Swansea City, who faced the relegation as well as West Brom and Stoke City. Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma, who spent last season at Britannia Stadium playing for the Potters, has been linked with a loan move to Bursaspor.

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Stoke City defender and Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma has confirmed, speaking in an exclusive interview with Standard Sport, he’s “happy with the loan move” after signing a new five-year deal with the 2016/17 Premier League champions.

The Frenchman said: “I came here to play and I did it. I did not think about my future at Chelsea, especially not at the moment. If I know I’m still in the Premier League with Stoke, then I will see about the future. But not now”.

Then he confirmed: “I’m just focused on my team and try and keep them in the Premier League and win games – that’s the most important thing. That’s the most that I want. It doesn’t matter about the rest at the moment.”

Stoke City are struggling in the battle to avoid relegation as Swansea remain 5 points above in 17th place, with only 4 games remaining. And the Potters will be facing Burnley next week on Sunday, just a few days after the Clarets’ clash against Chelsea (Thursday 19th April, Turf Moor, Kick-Off: 7.45PM BST).

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Stoke City will be without four defenders for their clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge today. With Glen Johnson still sidelined, also Ryan Shawcross and Bruno Martins Indi are ruled out of the clash with calf and groin injury.

Mark Hughes won’t count on Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma neither, as the Frenchman is not allowed to feature against his parent club due to a clause on contract.

How could feature Stoke City in defense? Wimmer and Cameron will reportedly play alongside Edwards (right-back) and Pieters (left-back).

 

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Chelsea host Stoke City at Stamford Bridge today following their last home victory over Brighton Hove&Albion with goals from Marcos Alonso and Alvaro Morata in the second half.

Team News

CHELSEA – Antonio Conte will remain without both David Luiz (knee injury) and Charly Musonda (groin injury). The duo could feature in the FA Cup clash against Norwich next weekend, as confirmed by Conte during a press conference ahead of today’s game

Provisional squad: Courtois, Caballero, Eduardo, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Drinkwater, Kante, Hazard, Morata, Pedro, Bakayoko, Moses, Kenedy, Zappacosta, Willian, Batshuayi, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Clarke-Salter, Sterling,, Ampadu, Hudson-Odoi.

STOKE CITY – Mark Hughes will face a defensive dilemma as he is not allowed to select Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma in the squad against the Frenchman’s parent club due to a clause in his contract. But also defenders Glen Johnson, Ryan Shawcross (calf injury) and Bruno Martins Indi (groin injury) are ruled out.

Provisional Squad: Butland, Cameron, Pieters, Wimmer, Tymon, Edwards, Shaqiri, Fletcher, Allen, Sobhi, Crouch, Diouf, Grant, Berahino, Afellay, Choupo-Moting, Ngoy, Adam.

Predicted Line Ups

CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Pedro, Hazard; Morata

STOKE CITY – Butland, Edwards, Wimmer, Cameron, Pieters, Fletcher, Allen, Shaqiri, Diouf, Choupo Moting, Crouch

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Stoke City will face Chelsea tomorrow at Stamford Bridge and the Potters’ manager Mark Hughes is facing big injuries’ problems.

Stoke’s defense will be particularly affected as Shawcross (calf injury), Bruno Martins Indi (groin injury) and Glen Johnson (knee injury) have already been ruled out from the game.

Also Kurt Zouma who is on-loan from Chelsea is inelegible to play tomorrow.

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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes believes his side will bounce back from their last disappointing defeat ata Britannia Stadium against Chelsea.

“They will be delighted with a 4-0 score. It has flattered them somewhat. – Conte said – We made too many mistakes against a team who can exploit that. Defensive errors took it away from us.

“We were tested a little bit when it comes to personnel. Today we were missing five centre-backs. Circumstances meant that we weren’t getting anything out of it.”

Also Kurt Zouma was a missing defender as he was not allowed to feature due to loan rules.

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Stoke City defender Kurt Zouma, who’s enjoying a loan spell from Chelsea this campaign, has admitted he wants the Potters to beat the Premier League champions at the bet365 Stadium today.

The defender won’t face the Blues due to loan rule: “It will be weird but I am a Stoke City player so I hope we win this game – Zouma said – I’m very happy because I play a lot of matches, but I can’t be happy if we lose. I am only happy if the team is winning and doing well.”

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Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma is playing at Stoke City in a season-long loan after recovering from a knee ligaments injury.

The Blues will visit the Potters tomorrow at Britannia Stadium in a clash valid for the Premier League.

Speaking about the form of the French defender and the decision to send him on loan at Mark Hughes‘ side, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said:

“For Kurt this season is very important to play,” Conte claimed.

“After a really bad injury – because it was not a normal ACL injury, it was REALLY bad. He’s playing very well, this season for him is very important, he can improve, he can find the best fit, I’m pleased for him and I hope to see him tomorrow to say ‘hello’ to him.”

The decision to send him on loan was taken both by Conte and the club, as the manager confirmed:

“Don’t forget that every decision I take, I take it with the club. It’s always important to know this, but in this specific case it was important to send him on loan for this season to play regularly”

 

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