Chelsea star Zouma comments on comparison with Blues legend

Kurt Zouma

Kurt Zouma has been compared to France and Chelsea legend Marcel Desailly.

Zouma has been a revelation for the Blues this term, but he has told the Standard that comparisons to Marcel Desailly have come too soon.

The 20-year-old central defender has all-but played his way into the Chelsea first-team, cementing himself as John Terry’s main defensive partner.

A series of high profile mistakes by Gary Cahill led head coach Jose Mourinho to look towards the French youngster, who arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer, and he has not let Mourinho down.

It was his performance that led to comparisons with former Blues and France captain Marcel Desailly, with Mourinho saying that Zouma is “our new Marcel Desailly,” as per West London Sport.

To receive such high praise at his young age will undoubtedly make Zouma strive to fulfil that role, for both Chelsea and France, but he admitted that the comparisons have come far too early in his playing career.

Speaking to the Standard, Zouma said: “It’s a lovely thing for the boss to say that I’m the new Marcel Desailly.

“But it’s too early to say that because Marcel is a legend of Chelsea - I have only played a few games. I’m only 20-years-old and I have to improve every day.

“Desailly is one of my idols. I loved this player before. He is amazing to me so I’m very proud. But I have to keep working.”

Top class performances against Liverpool and Manchester City have made him the fans pick over Cahill, and, at his young age, there is no doubt that he will continue to improve into Terry’s natural successor.

He has made 14 starts for the West London club, with the most recent coming in the League Cup Final victory over Tottenham Hotspur - his first silverware with the Blues. With Nemanja Matic suspended, the young defender took up an unfamiliar role in the defensive midfield position - and played a key role in preventing Spurs from reaching their attacking potential.

Without being excellent in the position - which is not s surprise considering it was his first game in that role - Zouma did enough to show off a strong sense of defensive positioning and ability to read the game that all anchor-men must possess.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch