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Stoke City boss: Kurt Zouma is worth £40m

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Zouma has left a huge impression on Hughes

Stoke City head coach Mark Hughes has heaped praise on Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma, who has impressed in the early stages of the Premier League campaign.

The France international found himself as a regular substitute at Stamford Bridge last term, and this pushed him to join the Potters on a season-long loan.

Zouma has adapted tremendously as the heart of the Potters backline, and Hughes feels that the Frenchman is worth £40m after having worked with him in close quarters this term.

"Kurt Zouma is a £30-40m centre-half. We can't afford that, but in the loan market we can get him here so that's a good thing. We have to do that because we're not going to go into the market for a £60million player," he is quoted as saying by The Mirror.

Zouma has already racked seven starts for the Potters across all competitions but was ineligible for the 4-0 defeat to parent club Chelsea last weekend- as per terms on his deal.

The former Saint-Etienne man has been excluded from the France squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, but he will have the motivation to work harder after being picked in the previous round of fixtures.