Chelsea center-back, Kurt Zouma, could find himself playing for the Italian side, Sampdoria next season on a loan deal. The 20 year old Frenchman has impressed many this season, whether playing in the holding midfield, right-back, or central defense, he is yet to disappoint.
Sampdoria President has publicly stated his interest in bringing the starlet to Italy, but on a permanent deal. Mourinho will not allow that to happen under any circumstances, just one year after purchasing him. Kurt Zouma’s is a large part of Mourinho’s plans for the future, and could be seen as the long-term replacement to John Terry. If John Terry is still playing in a few years, Zouma could even knock Gary Cahill out of his starting role.
Mourinho will not look to send his future star permanently to Sampdoria, but a loan deal could catch his eye. Mourinho is infamous for loaning out his youth players, at one point last year Chelsea had 26 players on loan to other clubs.
Though Zouma has put on amazing performances this season, it will be highly unlikely that he will force his way into the first team next season, with Gary Cahill and John Terry still above him in the central defense ranks. A loan move would give Zouma the first team playing time that he needs to develop and mature into the commanding defender that Mourinho wants so bad. Not to mention, it will keep Zouma from becoming disillusioned from sitting on the bench, a problem several Chelsea players have faced in the past.
Chelsea player Mohamed Salah found himself on the bench, without making a start for Chelsea all season. When the January transfer window came around, and Mourinho signed Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina, Salah was sent out on loan to the Italian side as part of the deal, and what a great decision that was. Salah has exploded on the scene, proving the quality he has always had in him, but he never got the chance to show.
A loan move would make a great deal of sense for Kurt Zouma, and José Mourinho. But do not expect Mourinho to permanently move his young center-back away from Stamford Bridge anytime soon.