Kurt Zouma: West Ham signal France defender from Chelsea for £29.8m

Kurt Zouma: West Ham signal France defender from Chelsea for £29.8m

Kurt Zouma playing for ChelseaKurt Zouma is a former France U21 captain and has gained eight caps for the senior facet

West Ham have signed France centre-back Kurt Zouma from Chelsea on a four-year deal for £29.8m.

Zouma, 26, gained two Premier League titles, a Champions League and a League Cup throughout his seven-year spell at Stamford Bridge.

He has eight caps for France and had mortgage spells at Saint-Etienne, Stoke Metropolis and Everton throughout his time at Chelsea.

“I am very completely satisfied and really proud,” stated Zouma.

“My dialog with the supervisor went very quick. I simply felt like he actually wished me to return and be a part of the crew, particularly a very good crew that is began the season very, very effectively.

“With the nice season that West Ham had final 12 months, that gave the crew quite a lot of confidence to enhance this 12 months – and I need to assist the crew try this.”

Zouma joined Chelsea as a 19-year-old from Saint-Etienne in January 2014 and made 151 appearances for the Blues in all competitions, scoring 10 objectives.

The Frenchman performed 36 instances for Chelsea final season, however didn’t determine prominently within the long-term plans of boss Thomas Tuchel, who has been focusing on Sevilla’s 22-year-old France defender Jules Kounde.

West Ham are prime of the Premier League desk with seven factors from three video games after Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.

Zouma won the Champions League with Chelsea last seasonZouma gained the Champions League with Chelsea final season

“I’m delighted to welcome Kurt to West Ham United,” stated Hammers boss David Moyes.

“He’s a participant now we have tracked for a while, and now we have taken nice care and diligence to make the switch occur. He was all the time our first alternative and I’m very completely satisfied that he’s now our participant.”

Zouma, who is because of hyperlink up with France this week for his or her World Cup qualifiers in opposition to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ukraine and Finland, may make his West Ham debut at Southampton on 11 September when the Premier League returns after the worldwide break.

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