French centre-back Kurt Zouma has signed a new Chelsea deal but has joined the club’s legion of loaned out players, the Premier League champions announced on Friday.
“Kurt Zouma has signed a new six-year contract and will spend the 2017/18 season on loan at Stoke City,” Chelsea stated on their official website.
“Zouma has been a first-team squad member since arriving in the summer of 2014. He has made 71 appearances for the Blues so far and scored four goals.”
Chelsea’s technical director, former Nigeria international Michael Emenalo, said: “It is fantastic Kurt has chosen to commit his future to Chelsea. He has shown his talent since joining us three years ago, and has returned from a serious injury with a fantastic attitude.
“Now he has the opportunity to play regularly in the Premier League and we will be monitoring his progress closely while he is at Stoke.’
Zouma, 22, has won the Premier League twice since joining Chelsea from St Etienne in 2014 but has had an injury-plagued time at the club since last year.