Since recovering from the ACL tear that took him out of action for almost an year, Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has tried his hardest to adjust to playing in a three-man defence and make his case for a spot in Antonio Conte's first-team lineups — although chances to feature have been few and far between.
"My aim is to impose myself at Chelsea. When I came to the club two-and-a-half years ago, I had a desire to continue here. I'm very happy. I've never focused much on the future. I think more to the present, with the squad, which is very good and which is going well. We want to do great things."
Zouma had been a starter before his injury and had won a couple caps for France as well. And it’s the latter consideration that could influence the most his next career decision.
"A loan before the World Cup? Why not. We'll see at the end of the season, but I'm focusing on Chelsea. I'm confident and I know I will play. I've not talked about my future with Antonio Conte."
-Kurt Zouma; source: beIN Sports via Daily Mail
A loan move could do wonders for Zouma in the short-term and set him up to reclaim his spot in the Chelsea defence in 2018. It would also open up a place in the squad for current loanee Andreas Christensen, who’s set to return from Borussia Mönchengladbach, where he’s been turning heads regularly.
There are still a couple months to go until the transfer window, but the Zouma situation will be another one that we’ll have to be keeping a close eye on.