Tuchel has explained the reasons behind allowing \Zouma to leave for West Ham in the summer – insisting he wanted the defender to stay and fight for his place.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has opened up on Kurt Zouma’s future at Stamford Bridge following the Blues’ 2-1 victory over Arsenal in the Mind Series.
Goals from Kai Havertz and Tammy Abraham either side of half-time cancelled out Granit Xhaka’s equaliser.
Speaking following the match, Tuchel gave an update on the future of French international Zouma.
It is not 100% certain that Zouma will leave as Tuchel wants a replacement signed before the 26-year-old is allowed to go. The Blues are looking at four possible options, which include Bayern Munich’s Niklas Sule, Wolfsburg Maxence Lacroix, Villarreal’s Pau Torres and Sevilla’s Jules Kounde.
Were one of those to be signed, Zouma would be deemed surplus to requirements. The centre-back has two years remaining on his current contract and Chelsea feel he would have a decent resale value.
Zouma has spent seven and a half years with the London club, although he has only made 150 first-team appearances, due to the fact he has had loan spells with Saint-Etienne, Stoke and Everton.