Chelsea signing Zouma reveals first words from Jose Mourinho, and explains what type of defender he is

Kurt Zouma

New Chelsea signing Kurt Zouma had his first taste of life at Chelsea yesterday.

Chelsea are training in preparation for the year ahead, and for new signing Kurt Zouma, that meant finally meeting up with his new teammates.

Zouma actually clinched his move to Chelsea in late January but was immediately loaned back to Saint Etienne to complete the season in Ligue 1.

The centre-back is hoping to replace David Luiz in the squad, but has in the past week alone been linked with loan moves to Sunderland and Monaco.

Clearly how he gets on in pre-season will factor greatly into manager Jose Mourinho's planning, with Nigerian defender Kenneth Omeruo in a similar situation, although he remains on an extended break due to his World Cup involvement.

Zouma yesterday gave his first interview to Chelsea TV after the training session, where he detailed his very brief personal conversation with Mourinho, who was no doubt analysing him on a personal and footballing level.

He said: "Yes (we spoke) a little, he told me hello, welcome, he said, are you ready? I tell him yeah..."

He also revealed he had conversed with another key figure at the club: "John Terry? He is a very good leader, very good defender, I spoke with him, very friendly."

Zouma added: "I am very excited, I am very happy to come to the club.

"I'm a footballing defender, but I like contact. Big tackles? Yes."

Mourinho may have to have a word with him in training to ensure that his 'big tackles' are not too over-enthusiastic.

Zouma copped a 10-game ban in France last Autumn for a heavy challenge which resulted in a broken ankle for his opponent. This was not enough to put Chelsea off signing the 19-year-old, and was the defender's only red card in his short career to date.

With John Terry now 33, and Luiz sold, there is a real gap in Chelsea's squad for Zouma to impose himself, but if he shows he is not ready, Jose Mourinho will not make the mistake of throwing him in.

He says he is ready, now is the time for him to prove it.

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