In Focus: Chelsea decision to loan Zouma out is right for both parties

According to reports in The Sun, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is reportedly ready to let defender Kurt Zouma leave the club on loan this summer, and there are a number of interested parties.

What’s the word, then?

Well, with David Luiz, Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta already established as the first choice three-man defence and with Nathan Ake and the returning Andreas Christensen there to challenge them, Conte obviously feels that there won’t be much game time for Zouma at Stamford Bridge next season.

The Italian is also said to be looking at bringing in a new centre-back over the summer as well and he has been heavily linked with a move for Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk.

That would push Zouma even further down the pecking order and Conte will want him to go out and get regular football next term instead.

Who’s interested?

According to France Football, Zouma has already been offered to Marseille while Nice are also said to be interested in bringing the 22-year-old back to his home country.

Elsewhere, Inter Milan and Valencia are also said to be keen and there is likely to be some Premier League sides looking at him too following his previous successes for Chelsea in the top flight.

Why is it a move important for both parties?

Having suffered a devastating anterior cruciate ligament injury, Zouma needs games to get back to the form he was showing in the 2015/16 season – especially if he is to stay in contention for a place in Didier Deschamps’ France 2018 World Cup squad.

He played just 13 in all competitions this season and understandably looked a little rusty on the pitch.

For Chelsea, it means that the centre-back can get regular football to see if he can fight his way back into the first team in the future, or whether he will need to be sold on.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, it seems like a good move for all of the parties involved and there will be a hope that with regular games, Zouma can return to the potential he was showing not so long ago.