Denis Zakaria will not be part of Chelsea’s plans going forward, according to a Tweet last night from Fabrizio Romano.
Now that Mauricio Pochettino has been appointed the real work can begin clearing out this squad, and the first stage is to end the loans of the players currently being lent to us. There had previously been chatter about Joao Felix’s loan being extended, we found out yesterday from Atletico Madrid’s president that that wasn’t happening.
Denis Zakaria’s loan was equally as limited in it’s success, and indeed he barely played this season apart from an unexpected spurt in the team in the winter.
Mauricio Pochettino has decided also on Denis Zakaria: Swiss midfielder’s set to leave Chelsea in June, he’s not part of the plans. 🚨🔵 #CFC
Chelsea will not trigger the buy option clause, Zakaria will return at Juventus and then will assess his options. pic.twitter.com/uJTsi40089
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 30, 2023
It’s no surprise to hear Romano report that Pochettino and the sporting directors are looking at bigger, better, more permanent solutions to that position. Zakaria doesn’t look a bad player, just not of the very top class, and not a candidate to stick around through a potentially long reboot.
It will always be an interesting counterfactual to wonder what would have happened had he not got injured just as he was playing regularly in a position the team needed depth in. It could have changed his career – and potentially our season to a degree too.