Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma lifts lid on Jose Mourinho conversation

Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma reveals manager Jose Mourinho asked his new signing, "Are you ready?"

Kurt Zouma has lifted the lid on his first conversation with Jose Mourinho after linking up with the Chelsea squad.

The 19-year-old centre-half joined the Blues for pre-season training after the west London side agreed a £12m deal with Saint-Etienne for the highly-rated defender in January.

He [John Terry] is a very good leader and a very good defender

Kurt Zouma

Chelsea allowed Zouma to remain on loan at the Ligue 1 side for the remainder of the season, making one assist in 24 appearances for 10-time French champions.

Asked had he spoken to Mourinho, Zouma said: “I have spoken a little. He told me hello and welcome. He asked me, ‘Are you ready?. I told him, ‘Yes I am ready’.”

Zouma, who was was a member of France Under-20 World Cup-winning side in 2013, also spoke of his admiration for long-term Chelsea captain John Terry.

“He is a very good leader and a very good defender. I spoke with him a little,” Zouma added.

Quizzed on whether he was more like Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho or Arsenal centre-half Laurent Koscielny, Zouma said: “I like contact. [Big tackles?] Yes.”

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