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Zouma hints at summer Chelsea move

Mark Rodden

January 16, 2014

Saint Etienne defender Kurt Zouma has claimed that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho made contact with him last month.

Zouma, 19, is set to leave Saint-Etienne at the end of this season and has suggested that a move to Stamford Bridge could be on the cards.

“There was advanced contact last month,” Zouma told L’Equipe. “At the start I thought it was a joke but afterwards I quickly took his call seriously.

“When a great man like Jose Mourinho calls a little player like Kurt Zouma, it’s nice. It doesn’t happen every day and it’s a big sign of respect and confidence.”

The France under-21 international said Mourinho had made a big impression on him, adding: “If you tell me to go to Chelsea, I’ll go there immediately! Especially after the call from the coach. It’s given me ideas.”

Zouma is preparing to return to Ligue 1 action this weekend after serving a 10-game ban for a tackle that broke the leg of Sochaux’s Thomas Geurbert.

Under contract until 2017, the Under-20 World Cup winner says he has an agreement with Saint-Etienne that will allow him to leave this summer.

“I’m playing my third season in Ligue 1,” he said. “In June, it will be time to go and see how things happen elsewhere. Why not a step up in France? For me, Saint-Etienne are already a big club.

“But after that, the top teams are Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco. It would be a good career plan. Abroad, it’s make or break. But it’s a risk worth taking.”

Monaco and Inter Milan are also interested in paying up to 12 million euros for the 6ft 3in centre-back, who says he will think carefully before deciding his next move.

“I won’t necessarily choose according to the league. It will depend on playing time and the state of mind of the coach and the squad.”

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I don't rate this guy!! You read the stats and st etienne win twice as often when he's not on the pitch. Stats don't mean everything but with defenders it's not about the skill they show its about holding position being solid and reliable and most of all stopping the opposition from scoring, exactly why terry and Cahill get chosen ahead of luiz. The worrying stats coupled with that horror challenge scream no!!! Find someone else. Maybe even get a left back (shaw??) allowing cesar to play in his natural spot and open up ivanovic to step across to cb from time to time. Also I see ivanovic as someone who can step into Terry's shoes, both as captain and the main man in defence.

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If we're actually going to purchase him, I believe that the club is actually buying him for resale value. He seems like a good defender, but we have loads of young talent in that position and I don't think anyone will take the position of Terry or Cahill at the moment, and if anyone is challenging for the starting role it will be either Luiz or Ivan going back to CB.

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