Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has signed a new six-year contract with the club, but will spend the 2017/18 Premier League season on-loan at Stoke City.
The Blues have announced that the 22-year-old will spend a campaign at the Bet365 Stadium, but will remain at Stamford Bridge in the long-term future.
Zouma joined the Premier League champions in January 2014 after arriving on a £12m deal from Ligue 1 side, AS Saint Etienne.
The France international only featured 13 times for Antonio Conte’s men last season – as he was recovering from a knee injury he suffered back in February 2016.
Stoke manager Mark Hughes described Zouma as “undoubtedly one of the most talented young defenders in the game”.
He added: “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.”
Zouma becomes the Potters’ fourth summer signing having brought in Darren Fletcher from West Brom, Josh Tymon from Hull City and Tre Pemberton from Blackburn Rovers.
As far as Chelsea are concerned with players, they have brought in Antonio Rudiger from AS Roma and Tiemoué Bakayoko from AS Monaco.
With the loan departure of Zouma, Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Gary Cahil and Marcos Alonso remain as Chelsea’s main defensive options ahead of the upcoming campaign.