Stoke City have secured the marking of Chelsea safeguard Kurt Zouma on a season-long advance arrangement, they declared on Friday.
The French focus back is accepted to have turned down a large group of sides from around Europe, and has settled on the West Midlands club in the wake of finishing a restorative at the Potters' Clayton Wood preparing complex.
"Kurt is without a doubt a standout amongst the most gifted youthful safeguards in the amusement, so actually his entry will improve our playing squad for the pending effort," radiated Stoke director Mark Hughes.
"He initially got my consideration as a 17-year-old amid his time at Saint-Etienne, and truth be told, I really attempted to sign him by then in his vocation, yet while that arrangement never emerged I am enchanted to at last get the chance to work with him now.
"On his day he is a standout amongst the most great safeguards in the alliance."
Zouma – as of now a French universal – has shown up for Premier League champions Chelsea and remains some portion of their long haul designs, yet Blues supervisor Antonio Conte needed him to get consistent diversion time this crusade in the wake of torment genuine knee damage in February 2016.
That damage – grabbed against Manchester United – restricted Zouma to only 13 appearances for the west Londoners last season.