MAURIZIO SARRI has taken one of the first decisions of his Chelsea reign by telling Kurt Zouma he will not be part of the pre-seaosn squad.
The Italian has been in charge for less than a week since taking over from Antonio Conte.
Chelsea are desperate to reaffirm themselves in the top four but must trim their squad in order to bring others in.
The Blues jetted off to Australia last night on a 15-hour flight as the former Napoli boss prepares to put them through the gears to get them ready for the new season.
But the 25-man squad will be missing Zouma, whose future at the club now lies in uncertainty.
The France international spent last season on loan at Stoke who were relegated.
The move was a way for the Stamford Bridge outfit to ease the defender back into first-team football.
The 23-year-old had suffered a nasty cruciate ligament injury that ruled him out for nine months against Manchester United two years ago.
Though it is unclear where his future lies, it now seems unlikely to be the Blues.
Whether it is a loan move or a permanent switch, Zouma seems to be available.
Another hint the club will move him on is that new signing Jorginho took his No.5 number before he left for the Potters.