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Antonio Conte wants to send Kurt Zouma out on loan

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Antonio Conte has taken no time at all to make his mark at Chelsea.

Since leaving his post as Italy national team manager and taking over at Stamford Bridge, the Italian has signed N'Golo Kante, Michy Batshuayi and Eduardo, whilst one or two further signings are expected.

A centre-back is what Conte craves most, with Paris Saint-Germain's David Luiz high on his wish list and Fiorentina defender Marcos Alonso reportedly close to securing a £23 million move.

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It's the players he has listed for sale or loan that has particularly caught headlines, though.

Cesc Fabregas is one such individual after being sent a 'clear message' that he's free to find a new club this summer, but with under 24 hours remaining of the transfer window, it seems unlikely he will leave.

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But that's not all - far from it.

According to L'Equipe (see below), Conte also wants to send Kurt Zouma on loan because the Frenchman doesn't feature in his plans this season.

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The report loosly translates to: "Zouma, who is recovering from torn ligaments, is not within Antonio Conte's plans and could leave."

It's believed a loan move is what Conte has in mind for the young Frenchman and that he isn't willing to wait until his knee injury heals.

Chelsea fans have since responded to news that Zouma could be heading for the exit door and, put simply, they're furious and hope it's "b******t".

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It's a load of nonsense according to one Chelsea fan, though...

In all honesty, Conte allowing Zouma to leave - even just on loan - would be a bizarre move and one that's highly unlikely to happen.

As fans rightly point out, Chelsea's manager hasn't seen the France international play yet, let alone given him the chance to prove his worth.

The above revelation is particularly strange considering how upbeat Conte sounded when he spoke to reporters about Zouma's return earlier this month.

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"Zouma is improving a lot and this is good news for us," he said, "but we know that his injury was very bad and for this reason we must respect him.

"It's important that Zouma takes his time to be sure to go into the team and to stay till the end.

"For me it's important to see that he is improving and I am very happy for the guy. His injury was very, very bad."

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