Kurt Zouma sends message to Chelsea FC boss Maurizio Sarri

Kurt Zouma announces his intentions to return to Chelsea FC next summer

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Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri Photo: The Sport Review

Kurt Zouma has announced his intentions to return to Chelsea FC when his loan to Everton expires next June to stake his claim for a first-team place under Maurizio Sarri’s new regime.

Despite injuries, the centre-half featured regularly under previous boss Antonio Conte but was deemed surplus to requirements when Sarri took over the reins this summer.

He joined Everton in a late deal on Transfer Deadline Day, but the 23-year-old sees the loan merely as a step in his development into a mainstay in the Chelsea defence.

He told Metro: “I will go back, yes.

“I have always believed in myself since I started playing (professional) football at 16.

“I have always wanted to show myself at Chelsea since I have been there.”

Zouma, capped twice by France, joined Chelsea from Saint-Étienne in January 2014 for a fee believed to be in the region of £12mil, but was immediately loaned back to the Ligue 1 club for the 2013-14 season.

He made his Chelsea debut in September 2014 and went on to appear 71 times for the Blues, before spending all of last season on loan at Stoke City.

During his time at Stamford Bridge he struggled to stave off injury which hindered his development.

He hopes that his loan to Everton will provide him a chance to progress beyond his injury problems into a top-class Premier League centre-half with Chelsea.

He said: “I know my injuries stopped me in the way I wanted to play but injuries are part of football and I want to show people I can come back and play there.”

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