26-year-old Chelsea player definitely should be kept at Stamford Bridge next season, he's proven himself - opinion

It is set to be all change at Stamford Bridge next season, as Chelsea owner Todd Boehly prepares to back Graham Potter at the helm.

There will surely be a number of current first team players out of the picture after this campaign, with a clean-out of the dead weight something that is long overdue.

The midfield area is one where a lot of change could be seen. N’golo Kante and Jorginho currently both have contracts that expire at the end of the season.

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There is currently belief that the Frenchman is closer to extending his stay at Stamford Bridge, however even he is yet to put pen to paper despite positive talks.

However, there is one midfield option who may well see his time at the club extended to beyond this season.

Denis Zakaria looked set for an uneventful loan spell after not making a single appearance in his first couple of months at the club.

Zakaria has to stay

Now though, the Switzerland international looks the most important member of the side at times, starting in three of the four matches since the World Cup break.

His ability on the ball and to resist the press is of a very similar level to Mateo Kovacic, with the Croatian being praised plenty in the past for his ability to keep possession under pressure.

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There were plenty of reports that the club were keen on signing Enzo Fernandez from Benfica to strengthen their options in the central midfield area for the rest of this season and beyond.

The deal reportedly looks off for now, although reports linger that they may return with interest further down the line.

Whether they push for the World Cup winner or not, any deal should certainly not come at the expense of the future of Zakaria, with the club in a position where they should absolutely activate his release clause in the summer.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released