Saint-Etienne defender Kurt Zouma appears to be on his way to Chelsea FC after the player’s agent, Alexandre Bonnefond, confirmed he is in talks with a major English club.
And with Chelsea in the process of wrapping up the signing of Nemanja Matic, it would appear that the Serbian will not be the final arrival at Stamford Bridge this January, with the club ready to make a move for the French midfielder.
French newspaper L’Equipe have reported that Inter Milan and Monaco are also interested in signing the 19 year old centre back. Zouma is one of the highest rated talents in French football, even though he is currently most famous for receiving a 10 match ban for a tackle that broke the leg of Thomas Guebert in November (Zouma will be able to play again at the end of January).
“Some big clubs are interested in signing Kurt,” said Bonnefond. “There are some talks with teams from Italy, France and especially England.”
Zouma, a 19-year-old centre-back who can also play on the left side of defence, looks set for future stardom after comfortably adapting to life in France’s top division.
Strong in the air and blessed with excellent passing skills, Zouma possesses decent pace and the ability to read dangerous situations quickly. He’s averaged 9.3 effective clearances per every Ligue 1 game this season, highlighting his no-frills attitude to overcoming danger.
The Frenchman has made 11 appearances in Ligue 1 this campaign, and while he needs to work on the timing of his tackles, he appears to be an ideal fit for JoseMourinho’s Chelsea side. Zouma is a ball-playing defender who will fit straight into a Blues squad that is built around moving possession forward quickly, but he may struggle to dislodge John Terry and Gary Cahill this season.
Mourinho Wants to Retire at Chelsea
Jose Mourinho admits he would happily see out his whole career at Chelsea, claiming that he “belongs” at Stamford Bridge due to his affinity with the club and the city.
The Special One has never been at a club for more than three years and, since his first tenure at Chelsea between 2004 and 2007, has had successful spells at Internazionale and Real Madrid.
“I’m not here thinking about my next move because I don’t want to have a next move. I’m here to stay. I belong to Chelsea, Chelsea belong to me,” Mourinho told reporters.
“I think London is the only place in Europe where I can keep these little things of life.
“I can go to school and wait for my son and daughter and the parents feel me as another parent.
“I can go to walk on Sloane Street or Old Bond Street and if somebody disturbs me it is not an English person for sure. I can go to a restaurant, I can go to a cab and the driver be an Arsenal or Tottenham supporter and he enjoys speaking with me. This is not possible in Italy and Spain!”