Chelsea FC has today announced the signing of young French defender, Kurt Zouma on a 5 ½ year deal.
Kurt Zouma, who is a French Under-21 international has however, been loaned straight back to his French team, St. Etienne for the rest of the season. No fee was however, mentioned as the club announced the deal via their official website.
Zouma’s signing is the third of this transfer window; and though he is not set to join the team until next summer, the player is now an official Chelsea player. Earlier arrivals to the club were Mohammed Salah, and Nemanja Matic; 2 midfielders expected to beef up the team’s midfield as the race for both the EPL title and the Champions League heats up.
The signing of the 19 year old French Under-21 defender is expected to increase speculations surrounding the future of Blues’ captain John Terry, whom reports have said may not stay in the club beyond current season. Another player whose future is still to be resolved as speculations concerning his departure continues to grow is David Luiz. Luiz has been a long term target of Spanish giant FC Barcelona.
Zouma, who was banned for 10 matches earlier in the season, is one of the most exciting young defenders in Europe. His singing before the end of the season means the club wants to avoid other clubs moving in before they do. This is a great move, and shows that the club wants to conduct their business in such a way as to avoid going to a bidding war with other clubs.
Just a couple of days back, the Guardian Newspaper had named the French Under-21 national team player as “the next 10 big things” in Europe. This makes the signing of the player all the more juicy and exciting as the future looks very bright for the Blues.
With Mourinho gradually rebuilding his Chelsea team; players like Zouma and fellow January signing Salah are no doubt going to form the core of the Blues in no distant future. The club already has a couple of other exciting youngsters on loan across Europe.