Chelsea star’s future thrown into doubt as Maurizio Sarri axes him from pre-season squad

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Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma’s future is reportedly in major doubt after being cut from the 25-man pre-season squad of new manager Maurizio Sarri.

Despite arriving at Stamford Bridge as one of the most promising young defenders in Europe, Zouma has struggled to live up to expectations in his time in west London.

Injuries have not helped his cause, but he also arguably failed to take his chance to impress on loan with Stoke City last season as they suffered relegation from the Premier League.

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Now back at Chelsea, the Metro claim Zouma’s future with the club is looking bleak as he’s failed to make it into Sarri’s squad to go on tour this pre-season.

The Frenchman may now have to think about finding a new club, with plenty of central defenders ahead of him in the pecking order in this Blues squad.

Kurt Zouma spent last season on loan at Stoke City

There’s also a chance of strengthening further at the back this summer, with Daniele Rugani reported as being close to joining CFC from Juventus, according to the Evening Standard.

This all adds up as Sarri mentioned centre-back as a weak area of the team in his first Chelsea press conference yesterday, as quoted by ESPN’s Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey:

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