KURT ZOUMA is open to the prospect of leaving Chelsea on loan – but he has not discussed his future with Antonio Conte.
The centre-half has struggled for game time since recovering from long-term injury.
Zouma spent the majority of 2016 sidelined with a serious knee problem sustained in a game against Manchester United.
Antonio Conte has prioritised Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta as his back three this season.
And that success has limited opportunities for the 22-year-old, with no European football on offer for Conte to rotate his team.
The France international is keeping his options open ahead of the summer, and he may seek a loan move to earn more minutes.
“My aim is to impose myself at Chelsea,” Zouma told beIN sports.
“When I came to the club two-and-a-half years ago, I had a desire to continue here. I’m very happy.
“I’ve never focused much on the future. I think more to the present, with the squad, which is very good and which is going well. We want to do great things.
“A loan before the World Cup? Why not. We’ll see at the end of the season, but I’m focusing on Chelsea.
“I’m confident and I know I will play. I’ve not talked about my future with Antonio Conte.”
Zouma is expected to be named on the bench once again, alongside captain John Terry, when table-toppers Chelsea welcome Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday (3pm).