Confirmed: Chelsea announce January winger deal, Kurt Zouma: I can achieve this if Conte plays me more

CHELSEA winger Alex Kiwomya has had his loan spell at Crewe Alexandra extended until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old’s original deal was set to run out in January.

But Antonio Conte’s side have agreed to let Kiwomya stay at Gresty Road until the summer.

The England Under-19 has scored seven goals this season and laid on four assists for his teammates.

But that’s not been enough to tempt Conte into recalling him, with the Chelsea boss having plenty of attacking options in his first team.

Crewe’s official website confirmed the news this afternoon.

A statement read: “Crewe Alexandra have successfully extended the loan of Chelsea winger Alex Kiwomya until the end of the season.

“The 20-year-old’s original loan spell was due to expire today (Mon 9 Jan), but Chelsea have agreed to let Alex remain at Gresty Road for the remainder of the season.

“Kiwomya has made 25 appearances for the Club so far this season, scoring seven goals including Goal of the Season contenders at Stevenage & Newport.

“After a blistering opening to the season, the wingers’ form has suffered slightly since missing a month following a shoulder injury at Grimsby in September.

“Now contracted to the Club until the end of 2016/17, Kiwomya would also be eligible for the Play-Offs, should Crewe get there.”

Yesterday Chelsea opted to call back Nathan Ake from his loan at Bournemouth to provide back-up in defence.

Chelsea star Kurt Zouma: I can achieve this if Antonio Conte plays me more

KURT ZOUMA believes he can get back into the France squad if he is given a run of games by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.

The Blues defender made his comeback from long-term injury in the 4-1 victory over Peterborough in the FA Cup yesterday.

And Zouma has opened up on the pain of missing out on Euro 2016 in his home country.

“It was tough, but I became a France supporter,” he said.

“It was tough because we lost the final. That’s life – France did a very, very good thing.

“Let’s see if I play, if I go back to the national team.

“I need to play more at Chelsea, this was just the first game and now we will see.”

Zouma might find it tough to earn himself a place in Conte’s first-team with Chelsea sitting five points clear of Liverpool at the top of the table.

Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill and David Luiz have been the Italian’s first-choice back three.

And with Nathan Ake recalled and John Terry’s return to fitness, Zouma faces fierce competition from his team-mates.

Chelsea return to action in the Premier League this weekend when they take on champions Leicester.

Chelsea to refuse loan offers for Ruben Loftus-Cheek as Antonio Conte wants youngster to step up

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte plans to block any loan moves for Ruben Loftus-Cheek this month.

Watford, Middlesbrough and Swansea City are among a long line of suitors for the 20-year-old midfielder, but his boss does not want to see him leave.

Conte has seen John Mikel Obi and Oscar depart for China already in January, depleting his midfield options, and he believes Loftus-Cheek is ready to step up.

The England youth international set up Chelsea’s second goal in Sunday’s 4-1 FA Cup win over Peterborough, playing 70 minutes at Stamford Bridge.

But he has been starved of action in the Premier League, making just one appearance as a substitute against Leicester City in October and niggling injuries have upset his progress.

Conte, though, has made it clear to the player and Chelsea’s board that he sees Loftus-Cheek in his plans for the second half of the season.

The Italian views him as an option up front when playing with two strikers, as well as back-up for the likes of N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic in central midfield.

Cesc Fabregas and Nathaniel Chalobah are also above the academy product in the midfield pecking order, but Conte only has Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi as senior strikers to choose between in attack.

Loftus-Cheek would likely have to make a personal plea if he is to be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge for the second half of the season.

He signed a new contract, believed to be worth around £50,000 per week, in February to extend his stay at Chelsea until 2021.

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