Chelsea defender and Frenchman, Kurt Zouma, has been tipped by Manager Jose Mourinho to become Chelsea’s next captain.
Zouma, 20, has been impressive for Chelsea lately. With 17 appearances in all competitions, the Frenchman has brought on his A-game. He played a crucial role in Chelsea’s Capital One cup victory at Wembley, playing in midfield for the suspended Matic. Mourinho had some revealing things to say about the 20-year-old defender who is poised to sign a new deal at the club.
“Terry and Zouma are different players. Sometimes you get replicas of players,” the Portuguese manager was quoted by The Mirror to have said.
“Other times you can’t do it, and if you can’t Zouma now is 20, so one day Zouma will be 23 or 24 and will be a player of great maturity and probably leadership, too, to replace John.
“Zouma is playing more than I expected, more than he expected, more than everyone expected. So he’s getting very important experience.”
Mourinho also believes Zouma has reached the stage where he can compete with Gary Cahill for his position, with the defender being benched recently for Zouma.
“When he gets caps with France and is playing with Chelsea at this level, his development will have an acceleration,” Mourinho added.
“We bought him because of his physical profile, but we were not happy with his tactical knowledge of the game.
“We trusted we could give that to him. In pre-season, I saw mistakes in Germany against Werder Bremen. Mistakes in Hungary against Ferencvaros.
“I thought ‘No problem, it will take time’. He’s bright, humble, wants to work and learn, listens and is intelligent, so he’s had an acceleration in that process to bring him to a level where he is competing with Gary Cahill.”