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Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has hailed Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma, who is currently making strides at the Bet365 Stadium on loan.
Chelsea were keen to let Zouma leave on loan to play regularly in the summer and it was Stoke who won the race to sign the defender, amid interest from a host of Premier League clubs.
The Potters paid £7m loan fee to Chelsea to secure the defender’s services but he’s been so instrumental to Stoke’s early season form that Hughes wouldn’t mind getting him next year.
Speaking about Zouma’s quality, Hughes believes the £7m fee is good value for money as the defender’s worth is five times more than that figure.
“Kurt Zouma is a £30-40m centre-half. We can’t afford that, but in the loan market we can get him here so that’s a good thing,” said the Welshman, as reported by the Mirror.
“We have to do that because we’re not going to go into the market for a £60million player.”
Zouma suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury while playing against Manchester United in February 2016 and getting regular game time this season was the priority of both the player and Chelsea.
His move to Stoke has started paying dividends and I am sure Chelsea will benefit from this experience later in the future.
Zouma signed a new six year deal with Chelsea in the summer, we as fans can be rest assured his future at the club is secured.