Chelsea has not made a decision regarding whether or not to use the option to convert Denis Zakaria’s loan to a permanent contract at Stamford Bridge this summer
On Deadline Day of last summer, the Blues finalised the temporary transfer of the Juventus midfielder. Mateo Kovai, a midfielder for Chelsea, has garnered interest from Juventus, who intend to use Zakaria in a potential swap deal during the forthcoming summer transfer window. Graham Potter’s team has the option to purchase Zakaria at the end of the season, but it is unclear whether they would be ready to allow the 28-year-old leave in order to gain his permanent services.
The Juventus loanee may establish a claim for a regular berth in the former Brighton & Hove Albion head coach’s starting XI, according to Phillips, but yet another injury setback has prevented the 26-year-old from accruing a sizable run of appearances this season. The writer has also been informed that, due to a number of variables, no decision has been taken regarding Zakaria’s future at Stamford Bridge.
Zakaria hasn’t had the chance to frequently demonstrate to the supporters of Stamford Bridge what he can contribute to Potter’s team for a number of reasons.
The 45-cap Switzerland international has featured in just 19% of the Premier League’s total minutes this season, and it is not unexpected that he hasn’t managed to score or assist in any of his four appearances. The fact that the £90,000 weekly wage earner has only been able to produce an average WhoScored rating of 6.51 for his efforts in the top division this season, showing that he has not seen much first-team play, is not shocking.
According to FBref, the 6 foot 3 star ranks in the top 10% of midfielders across Europe’s big five leagues as well as the Champions League and Europa League for blocks per 90 minutes (1.70) over the last 365 days, suggesting he isn’t afraid to put himself about. However, the star does compare favourably to his positional peers in some aspects of his game. The midfielder will believe that a strong second half of the season is necessary to make his transfer to Stamford Bridge permanent.
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