Kurt Zouma might have settled into the rhythm of English football nicely this season but Jose Mourinho is now sure to be wary of just how much interest his adept performances will have attracted.
The young Frenchman enjoyed an impressive debut campaign in the Premier League, winning his club’s Young Player of the Year award, and is heralded by some as the long-term successor to John Terry.
Zouma interest confirmed
However, a stellar reputation always draws the eyes of potential suitors, and Serie A outfit Sampdoria have now gone public with their plans to take Zouma away from Stamford Bridge.
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More specifically the club’s president, Massimo Ferrero, has confirmed that he is looking to bring in the talented centre-half, and it doesn’t look like he has any inhibitions regarding how quietly he goes about it.
"I have already signed Niklas Moisander from Ajax and I am trying to get Kurt Zouma, because they are very physical players," Ferreo said, as relayed by the Metro.
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No chance of a deal?
First things first we’re going to have to assume that Jose Mourinho won’t want to play ball in any negotiations, save perhaps those that see Zouma loaned out for a year, and even then they’re unlikely.
Whilst playing regularly in Serie A would certainly be of use to Zouma concerning his development as a player he’s already got far more game-time than maybe even he would have expected when he transferred from St. Etienne, and could end up eclipsing Gary Cahill before the end of next season.
There were times during the last campaign when Zouma was preferred to the England international, and with Terry’s career drawing to a close, as admirable as his durability has been, Mourinho will surely want to keep his understudy close at hand.
After all Terry is set to turn 35 this December and he’ll only be able to play at the highest level for so long before his natural abilities begin a steady decline that will place Chelsea at risk of being caught out at the back.
When he does hang up his boots there’s no question that Zouma could be the man to fill the void, though he’ll be far more suited to that task if he’s been playing regular football in the Premier League.
We’re willing to throw a blanket of doubt over the theory that Mourinho will even consider selling him outright such is his potential for the future, but Sampdoria can dream, right?
Chelsea fans, is there any chance Zouma could leave the club this summer? Is he the ideal replacement for John Terry when the legendary captain steps down? Let us know your thoughts and feelings in the comments box below.