New Chelsea signing: I'm happy playing out of position

Kurt Zouma

Kurt Zouma says he has no problem playing at right-back.

New Chelsea signing Kurt Zouma has stated he is happy to play at right-back when required this coming season.

Recruited as a central defender, Zouma will have to fight for his place to break up the John Terry and Gary Cahill partnership.

Keen to see what he can do, manager Jose Mourinho has been playing him at times at right-back in pre-season, although got the nod alongside Cahill against OL Ljubjana yesterday, scoring his first for the club.

The Frenchman told the Chelsea website he is happy to play in either position:

"Playing in these two positions has already helped my adaptation here.

"As I said there are many good defenders here and so I am learning how to play with them, whether it is on the right or in the middle. I am building an understanding with them."

Whether just a short-term experiment to get him used to playing with his teammates, or a look at a possible longer-term role, Jose Mourinho is giving himself options.

With Zouma proving useful in dual roles, it increases the likelihood he will be kept rather than loaned out as had been speculated previously.

Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilucueta are alternatives for right-back, with the Spaniard also versatile enough to compete with Filipe Luis on the left.

Yet Zouma's versatility certainly is not a bad thing for the club, and nor is his 'willing to learn' attitude.


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