New Chelsea signing Zouma suffers disappointment, but good news for the Blues

Kurt Zouma

Chelsea's Kurt Zouma has not made France's World Cup squad, but that can work in his and the club's favour.

France announced their World Cup squad last night, and Samir Nasri's omission made the most notable headlines.

He was not the only talented star to be left out, with the country's numerous options at centre-back leading to one of their best prospects missing out.

That's Kurt Zouma of St Etienne, soon to be of Chelsea, after his summer switch was confirmed back in January.

The 19-year-old has captained France at under-21 level, and was drafted into the senior squad last Autumn when Laurent Koscielny got injured, but he is yet to play for them.

With that in mind, a call-up may have been a surprise, but it was still a possibility for Didier Deschamps given his huge potential, but the omission can be a positive for Chelsea instead.

It means Zouma can catch a breather this summer and focus on his impending switch to Chelsea and settling in England.

With Chelsea's centre-backs Gary Cahill and David Luiz - if he stays - likely to have extended breaks due to the World Cup, Zouma can hit the ground running in pre-season, and stands to partner John Terry in early matches.

This can be key in terms of a quick adjustment, and give him the best possible chance of winning a first team place heading into his first season with the club.

Zouma has previously indicated how excited he is to switch to Chelsea, admitting he is learning English ahead of his big move to help him adjust.

The news he won't be going to the World Cup is a disappointment for him, but he will have chances later in his career, and the positives are that he will get the very best chance to make his transfer to Chelsea an early success.

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