Kurt Zouma has signed a new deal with Chelsea, but will spend the upcoming season on loan at domestic rivals Stoke City.
Zouma, 22, a senior France international defender is still regarded as one of Europe’s brightest prospects. That’s despite suffering a major injury that restricted him to just to nine league appearances last season.
After signing a lucrative six-year deal with the Blues, he has completed the temporary move to the Potters. Manager Mark Hughes is delighted with the club's latest coup.
"Kurt is undoubtedly one of the most talented young defenders in the game, so naturally his arrival will enhance our playing squad for the forthcoming campaign," he told the club's website.
"On his day he is one of the most impressive defenders in the league, and whilst injury unfortunately hampered his progress at Chelsea last season.
"We are certain that we can give him the platform to recapture the form he showed prior to his setback."