'Happened very quickly': Chelsea player says he joined in summer within six hours of hearing about interest

Denis Zakaria has shared he joined Chelsea this summer within just six hours of hearing about their interest.

Zakaria, 25, completed a transfer to Stamford Bridge on deadline day of the summer transfer window.

The midfielder has arrived on a season-long loan deal from Juventus, which the club confirmed does include the option of a permanent transfer at the end of the campaign.

He’s yet to actually make his Chelsea debut since joining, but will surely be desperate to make a good impression under the club’s new head coach, Graham Potter.

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Zakaria on Chelsea interest

Zakaria, who’s linked up with his country Switzerland for the international break, has given a fascinating detail about his summer move to London:

“It all happened very quickly. I didn’t know a move to Chelsea was possible until six hours before the end of the transfer window,” Zakaria told Swiss publication Blick.

Chelsea’s late search for a new midfielder ended up leading them to Zakaria, so let’s hope it’s a transfer that works out for all parties.

With the Blues under new management, it’s a clean slate for everyone in the squad to try make their mark.

The on-loan Juventus central midfielder has the kind of energy and athleticism that could end up suiting Potter’s style.

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Chelsea fans certainly shouldn’t be too early to compare Zakaria to Saul Niguez, who endured a really tough loan at the Bridge last year.

Zakaria needs some decent minutes in Chelsea colours before a true assessment can be made, so you’d hope that will come next month with a crammed fixture schedule that includes nine games in October.

Thomas Tuchel reportedly wasn’t involved in the decision to sign the midfielder from Juventus. Therefore, Potter’s entrance may turn out to be great news.

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