Kurt Zouma outlines why he chose Chelsea transfer

Kurt Zouma

Kurt Zouma chose to move to Chelsea ahead of interest from Manchester United.

The young central defender signed for the Blues last year, staying on loan with Saint-Etienne until the summer, and he has told the official Chelsea magazine why he selected Stamford Bridge over other suitors.

He has since joined up with Chelsea’s first-team, and he has made 13 appearances in all competitions this term. His most recent game came yesterday evening, as the 20-year-old lined-up alongside John Terry in the centre of defence to lead the Blues to a clean-sheet victory over Liverpool in the League Cup semi-final.

Considered one of the brightest prospects in world football, and a long-term successor for Terry in the Chelsea ranks, the West London club did well to secure his signature ahead of a host of Europe’s top teams. Zouma himself revealed to Sky Sports that he chose the Blues ahead of interest from Manchester United, Internazionale and Monaco, and the £12 million fee paid for him - as per the BBC - could turn out to be a bargain.

Considering how highly rated he is, Chelsea were always going to face competition for Zouma’s signature, but the Frenchman has outlined why he selected the Blues, claiming that he has always liked the club.

Speaking to the official Chelsea magazine, Zouma said: “I chose Chelsea because, since I was young, I liked the club - I used to play as Chelsea on computer games.

“I spoke to my family and told them I wanted to come here because I knew I had to improve and I felt I could progress and become a better player here.”

The French youth international also claimed that head coach Jose Mourinho played a big part in his choice to move to West London, calling him the best coach in the world.

“I have worked very hard with the boss here,” he added. “For me, he is the best coach in the world and when you work with him it is very exciting - you want to be the best and I’m proud to be here.”

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