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Kurt Zouma on his way out of Stamford Bridge

Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma would be the next playerр whom Antoni Conte doesn’t see as part of his team for season 2017/2018. Chelsea might be still behind the schedule in bringing a possible replacement of their estranged striker Diego Costa, but Antonio Conte has already started revamping the squad.

He has brought in Roma’s German defender Antonio Rudgier and Man City’s goalkeeper Willy Caballero

It looks like that Conte plans to bring more defenders to Stamford Bridge and he wants to offload some of the team’s current ones. The 22-year-old Zouma has played 47 times for Chelsea since 2014 and despite that being considered as stable center-back, the has never been a regular starter for the club.

Zouma wants to regain his fitness and to play regularly, something he was unable to do in Chelsea, where  has has been forced to spend 9 months on the sidelines, recovering from a serious knee injury. The central defender is also keen to regain his place in the French national team before the start of the next year’s World Cup.

Last season Chelsea have rejected an loan offering from Schalke 04 for Zouma, but now they are looking forward to send him on loan.

Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion are one of the clubs who are interested to sign the young French defender on a season-long loan. They will wait on him to sign his new contract with Chelsea, however. He is expected to put a pen under a  four-year contract with the Blues and then the club would loan him for season 2017/2018 in order to secure regular football for him.

Stock City might be ahead of other clubs in negotiations for the player, as they are ready to pay Zouma’s Chelsea wage in full. The Blues have allowed the to miss pre-season training on Wednesday in order to facilitate his loan move.

The Stock City manager Hughes has confirmed the club’s interest in Zouma by saying “There is genuine interest. We’d like to make it happen if we can. The boy himself has to make a decision. We are one of many interested parties but we’re very hopeful. We’re still doing a number of deals”.

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