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Sport Kurt Zouma Q&A with Read Chelsea's Ryan Darby

20:20  10 august  2018
20:20  10 august  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Everton confident of landing Kurt Zouma

  Everton confident of landing Kurt Zouma Everton are confident of landing Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma as they look for defensive reinforcements, the Mirror reports. The Toffees are interested in securing a loan deal for the 23-year-old having failed to secure deals for Manchester United’s Marcos Rojo and Barcelona’s Yerry Mina. Everton boss Marco Silva has desperately been searching to improve his central defensive options this summer, with Phil Jagielka and Michael Keane his only two current options for the position. Mason Holgate has been out injured during pre-season and Silva has already allowed Ashley Williams to leave and join Championship side Stoke City on a season-long loan. Ramiro Funes Mori has also left the Toffees to join up with Villarreal. Now turning his attention to Zouma, Silva is hopeful of bringing the French defender to Goodison Park before tomorrow’s 5pm deadline. Zouma spent last season on loan at Stoke where he started 32 games as Stoke suffered relegation from the Premier League.

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Kurt Happy Zouma (born 27 October 1994) is a French professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Premier League club Chelsea , and the France national team.

Everton have today completed the loan signing of Kurt Zouma from Chelsea.

The defender will spend the entire season at Goodison Park after falling out of favour at Chelsea.

The Toffees do not hold an option to buy as part of the deal.

To find out more about the player, we quizzed Read Chelsea’sRyan Darby about the defender.

Ryan, from a Chelsea perspective, how do you view Zouma’s loan move to Everton?

I think it is a good move for him. I think in terms of the official side of it and it not getting confirmed until nearly a whole 24 hours after the deadline was a bit of a mess, but in the end, the club got their man.

It’s a step up after spending last season on loan at Stoke and he is certainly an improvement on what you have, so we’ll be keeping a close on how he gets on there.

Manchester United open talks over Zouma move

  Manchester United open talks over Zouma move Manchester United have opened talks with Chelsea over a deal for central defender Kurt Zouma. According to L’Equipe, United are in talks over the permanent signing of Zouma, who looks set to leave Chelsea in the next 24 hours. Twitter: Breaking | Manchester United have opened discussions with Chelsea over the purchase of French central defender Kurt… https://t.co/V7gZIpUjgJ (@GFFN) The report also claims that Chelsea are hesitating over the offer, as they consider whether they would be willing to let him join their rivals. Twitter: Chelsea are hesitating over an approach from Manchester United for French defender Kurt Zouma, according to L’Équip… https://t.co/E4diCVaSXJ (@GFFN) Everton have also made a loan approach for Zouma, following his loan spell at Stoke last season. Twitter: Everton have meanwhile put in a loan offer to Chelsea for Kurt Zouma (L’Équipe) https://t.co/p5DTDGFmdd (@GFFN) Stoke were relegated to the Championship, despite Zouma impressing at the back for the club.

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How would you describe him as a player?

Without jumping on too many cliches, he’s a very physical defender. He’s going to put himself on the line for you. However, his stature and pure strength often give off the impression that those are his only attributes and he relies on those, when in fact he’s a much smarter defender than that. He’s also fairly handy on the ball, should Marco Silva look to play out from the back.

Aside from being a solid defender, he is also a really likeable person and will undoubtedly be a hit on and off the pitch at Goodison.

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How did he do at Stoke last season?

It would be easy to look at Stoke’s relegation and make assumptions, but there was more to it than that. In fact, Zouma actually performed fairly well in the circumstances and was unlucky to have the relegation put next to his name.

United in talks to sign Zouma

  United in talks to sign Zouma Manchester United are speaking to Chelsea over a deal for French defender Kurt Zouma. According to L’Equipe, United are in talks over the permanent signing of Zouma, who looks set to leave Chelsea in the next 24 hours. Twitter: Breaking | Manchester United have opened discussions with Chelsea over the purchase of French central defender Kurt… https://t.co/V7gZIpUjgJ (@GFFN) The report also claims that Chelsea are hesitating over the offer, as they consider whether they would be willing to let him join their rivals. Twitter: Chelsea are hesitating over an approach from Manchester United for French defender Kurt Zouma, according to L’Équip… https://t.co/E4diCVaSXJ (@GFFN) Everton have also made a loan approach for Zouma, following his loan spell at Stoke last season. Twitter: Everton have meanwhile put in a loan offer to Chelsea for Kurt Zouma (L’Équipe) https://t.co/p5DTDGFmdd (@GFFN) Stoke were relegated to the Championship, despite Zouma impressing at the back for the club.

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Does he have a future at Chelsea?

It is so hard to say, especially given the long-term injury he sustained during Guus Hiddink’s time in charge.

Jose Mourinho brought him into the side and he looked like he could develop into the centre-back that would lead our defence for the next 10 years, then disaster strikes against Manchester United and he faces months on the sidelines.

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He’s never quite been the same player since, as with many professionals who suffer these long-term knee injuries, which is a great shame.

If there was ever a time to break in at Chelsea, it was this summer, with concerns over David Luiz and Gary Cahill’s futures, but he has been deemed surplus to requirements.

It’s a stark reminder of how quickly a player’s luck can turn at a club. He was named our Young Player of the Year for the 2014/15 season and now we’re wondering if he’s played his last game in Chelsea blue.

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Zouma joins Everton on season-long loan deal .
Chelsea have officially sent Kurt Zouma out on a season-long loan deal to Everton, the Toffees have confirmed. The central defender joins the club as their final signing of the summer transfer window, which ended in hectic fashion for Marco Silva’s side. Chelsea are well-stocked with defensive reinforcements and, evidently, Maurizio Sarri felt it was the right call to allow Zouma to depart Stamford Bridge on loan for the second consecutive season. Zouma spent the duration of last season on loan at Stoke City but was unable to prevent the club from succumbing to relegation from the Premier League. Nevertheless, Zouma will be desperate to find his feet again as he prepares for the upcoming season at Everton after enduring a difficult past couple of years, hindered by injury troubles. Chelsea will now be turning their full attention to their season-opening fixture against Huddersfield Town.

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