Stoke City have pulled off a rather neato little coup by securing the services of Kurt Zouma on a season-long loan from Chelsea.
The deal was made official this afternoon…
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) July 21, 2017
The 22-year-old French international defender suffered a horrible knee injury back in February of 2016 and only made 13 appearances last season as a result.
The loan (which will reportedly cost Stoke £2million upfront and 50% of Zouma’s wages) is presumably Chelsea’s way of ensuring he gets a full-season of first-team football under his belt as part of his continued rehabilitation.
Indeed, the Blues are obviously intent on keeping Zouma for the long haul, as they’ve also announced the agreement of a new six-year contract extension at Stamford Bridge into the bargain…
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 21, 2017
A good deal for all involved parties, wethinks.