Football: Chelsea sign Zouma and loan him back to St Etienne
LONDON (REUTERS) - France Under-21 international defender Kurt Zouma joined Chelsea from St Etienne on Friday and was immediately loaned back to the Ligue 1 outfit for the rest of the season, the London club confirmed.
Zouma, 19, joined St Etienne's academy at the age of 14, turning professional in 2011 and is seen as a long-term investment by Chelsea with skipper John Terry, 33, nearing the end his long career at the club.
Chelsea confirmed on their website he had signed a five-and-a-half year contract.
Zouma has made 52 league appearances St Etienne including 12 this season but in November he was banned for 10 matches for a tackle that left the Sochaux player Thomas Guerbert with a broken leg and dislocated ankle.