Chelsea : qui est Denis Zakaria, le bon coup des Blues dans une saison à oublier ?

Very successful during his time at Borussia Mönchengladbach, Denis Zakaria was necessarily very ambitious when he joined one of the best clubs in Europe, Juventus Turin, in January 2022. Finally, the former Servette and Young Boys n never truly convinced in Italy. Chelsea player for a few months, the rock at meter 91 could have made the same observation across the Channel. Finally, he was able to take advantage of absences to settle in the middle of the Blues.

Zakaria, a career full of contrasts

Trained at Servette Geneva, Denis Zakaria quickly joined the Young Boys of Bern. A club which notably allowed him to discover the Champions League (against AS Monaco). In 2017, it was Borussia Mönchengladbach who did not hesitate to pay 12 million euros to secure the services of the solid midfielder. And he did not regret it since Zakaria will have played nearly 150 official matches with the Bundesliga resident. A German course which allowed him to play more regularly in selection.

Denis Zakaria in the duel with Phil Foden (Icon Sport)

With the Swiss team, Denis Zakaria has 45 selections (3 goals). He was invited to participate in the last two World Cups as well as the last two editions of the Euro. Without playing a major role. The seven months spent by the Swiss Hope of the Year 2016 at Juventus Turin will not have allowed him to cross a threshold. It was therefore in search of a rebound that he agreed to be loaned to Chelsea on September 1st. In the context that we know, the Blues having thanked their coach Thomas Tuchel in stride. And this while the former PSG coach had chosen the Swiss.

Recent performances with Chelsea that plead in his favor

Until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Denis Zakaria watched Chelsea’s Premier League matches, either from the stands or on the substitutes’ bench. Almost the same observation during the World Cup with the Nati. With very little playing time. It is therefore with a strong feeling of frustration, of revenge, that the 26-year-old midfielder returned to London at the very end of last year. Due to the absences, that of the Frenchman N’Golo Kanté in particular, the former Glabdach ‘has chained the matches. With three consecutive starts in the league, another in the Cup against Manchester City.

Admittedly, collectively speaking, all did not go very well for the Blues, winners only once in these four meetings. Individually, however, Denis Zakaria proved to coach Graham Potter that he could count on him. With a sometimes impressive slaughter in the midfield, and a quality of recovery that could do a lot of good in the second half of the season. Loaned with option to buy by Juve, the Swiss now hopes to chain meetings, again and again. Like his incalculable efforts on the lawn. It remains to be seen whether the 2021 European champions will want to pay, or not, the almost 30 million euros requested by the Old Lady club to sell it.