The French Under-21 international joined the Blues 12 months ago but initially stayed out on loan at former club Saint Etienne until the end of the 2013-14 campaign.
Despite his huge promise, the Stamford Bridge crowd have seen very little of their talented youngster this season due to the strong defensive partnership of Terry and Gary Cahill.
Zouma has had to bide his time and make the most of the domestic cup competitions where he has featured regularly, helping Jose Mourinho’s men reach the League Cup semi-final.
Still, the rough and tumble of the Premier League represents a completely different challenge to most and Zouma reveals how teammate and skipper Terry has been preparing him for the task.
“I learn that the Premier League is not the same as the French League because there is more contact. It is different tactically, technically and physically.
“John helps me a lot. When the striker goes behind me, or when the striker drops back I have to follow, to keep depth — he always helps.
“I’ve learnt from John how to defend here because it is not the same as in France. He pushes me and says, ‘Go, go, go!’ and I have to go.
“He does the same in training every day. When we are on the pitch, we have to work together.”
Zouma started his first Premier League fixture of the season on Saturday in the absence of Cahill, helping his side keep a clean sheet in a comfortable 2-0 win over Newcastle United.
The 20-year-old has been named among Europe’s most promising young players and has all the qualities to become a future captain at both club and country.