The Frenchman has all the qualities, says Mourinho.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes that youngster Kurt Zouma has all the necessary qualities to replace John Terry as a future Blues captain, when the Stamford Bridge legend hangs up his boots with the club.
Zouma has been a surprise revelation this season – being called into action more than Mourinho himself thought he’d be – even pushing England international Gary Cahill out of the side.
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The Blues boss has admitted his surprise towards the playing time of the young central-defender, and has given him praise of the highest order at Stamford Bridge by describing him as a potential replacement to Terry, saying, “They (Terry and Zouma) are different players. Sometimes you get replicas of players,” the Portuguese was quoted by the Mirror.
“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.”
With Terry said to be in “no doubt” to be rewarded a new contract at the end of this term – as he continues to star at the heart of the Chelsea team – the Frenchman will have to wait a few more years to snatch the captain’s armband.