Stoke City boss, Mark Hughes has set the record straight on the details of Kurt Zouma’s loan deal. Zouma joined the Stoke City outfit in the summer, and has been an ever-present figure at the club, but Hughes will be reluctant in letting his parent club recall him back.
According to reports from The Stoke Sentinel (via HITC Sports), Chelsea are considering exercising their recall option on the French defender for the second half of the season.
However Hughes was adamant that Zouma would see out the remainder of his loan deal. He told the Sentinel, “I don’t think it’s possible. I’m almost certain it’s not possible. I don’t think there’s any way they (Chelsea) can have a call back”.
Chelsea have adopted the habit of loaning out many of their youth players, which has sometimes lead to them being recalled. Last season Chelsea recalled Nathan Aké halfway through his loan at Bournemouth after he impressed for the Cherries.
Hughes went on further to suggest that there was no reason why Zouma should be taken from a team where he is enjoying consistent football. He said, “Usually if a player is not playing or he’s not got the game time he and his club expected then sometimes you can have a conversation if nothing is in place.
“You can go through a process where people think it’s better that he goes back to his parent club but clearly that isn’t the case with Kurt and there’s nothing in place so he won’t go back.”
Both Stoke and Chelsea have previously been involved in a loan deal that ended in a premature termination. Marco van Ginkel was loaned to Stoke, but both parties mutually agreed for the player to return to Chelsea – where he was later loaned to PSV Eindhoven.
For now, it looks as though Hughes is confident that Zouma will continue his loan at Stoke, and could also be in line for a permanent deal if Chelsea are willing to part with the French defender. Zouma will be in the Stoke squad when they travel to Brighton on Monday night.