Kurt Zouma: I turned down a move to Man United to join Chelsea

Kurt Zouma says that he turned down the chance to join Manchester United before signing for Chelsea

Jose Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho Photo: Puma

Kurt Zouma has revealed that he rejected the chance to join Manchester United before signing for Chelsea in January.

The 19-year-old defender penned a five-and-a-half-year deal with the Blues at the turn of the year but spent the rest of the season on loan to Saint Etienne.

And the France Under-21 international says that he turned down a move to Old Trafford in favour of linking up with Jose Mourinho’s Blues.

By signing at Chelsea I am keen to reach a new level

Kurt Zouma

“I really wanted to go to Chelsea,” Zouma told France Football.

“Did I have other offers? Yes, there was Inter Milan, Monaco and Manchester United. All those clubs called.

“Monaco was the first to call, with the sporting director. I thought about it, but with Mr Mourinho, that is a strong signal.

“I know it is a risky choice, but I wanted to catch that train. I didn’t know if I would get that opportunity again.

“By signing at Chelsea I am keen to reach a new level.”

Zouma made 24 Ligue 1 appearances for Saint Etienne this season, notching up one assist in the process.

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