Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho may have signed Kurt Zouma with the intention of the French youngster becoming a long-term successor for John Terry, but reports in France now claim that the centre-back is not in his plans for next season.
According to Le 10 Sport, citing France Football, Zouma could be shipped back out on loan by Jose Mourinho, rather than contending for a place in the Chelsea first-team. The 19-year-old was signed by the Blues for an estimated £12million from St. Etienne in the January transfer window, but remained in Ligue 1 to continue his development until this summer.
Initially, and with the future of John Terry in some doubt, Zouma was tipped to feature for the Blues next campaign, albeit in a reserve capacity whilst he acclimatises to the rigours of English football. However now that Terry has been awarded a new one-year contract, and with Mourinho said to be looking to into the possibility of acquiring Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane, the defensive starlet may find game-time at Stamford Bridge difficult to come by.
The notion of Zouma not playing directly under Mourinho is made all the more interesting by the fact that Chelsea relinquished the services of David Luiz this weekend. Though the west London giants have a rich history of loaning players out in order to allow them the opportunities to play, it would seem that Mourinho will need another centre-back in order to retain a healthy squad depth.