Zouma has displaced Gary Cahill to become a key part of Mourinho’s side…
Kurt Zouma has rubbished comparisons with Chelsea and France legend Marcel Desailly ahead of his side’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint Germain.
Zouma has been compared favourably to the former great, who won the World Cup in 1998, due to his incredible reading of the game after breaking into the Blues first XI this season.
However, despite saying he’s flattered by the comparisons, Zouma insisted it was too early to talk about him in such a way.
“I am very proud of the comparisons, I didn’t know about them but Desailly was a great player. It is too early to talk about me the same way,” said Zouma, reports Daily Mail.
“I have to keep working, showing that I am ready and that I can do it at the highest level. The team is winning and we are winning well.”
Zouma joined Chelsea last January in a five and a half year deal on deadline day and has managed to break into the first team this season despite only being 20.
The Frenchman has displaced England centre back Gary Cahill, putting in some impressive performances against the likes of Manchester City and Everton.
So much so that Jose Mourinho has said the former Saint-Etienne man along with Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane are the two best, young defenders in world football.
“[Mourinho] is the best coach in he world, he hates losing and we learn a lot technically and tactically. We want to win every game we play. He conveys that and I have learnt so much,” said Zouma.
And he will be expected to handle the likes of world class striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic if he is indeed picked ahead of Cahill again.
“I played against him once when I was at St Etienne and we drew the match. He is impressive and intelligent,” he said.
“PSG have great players and we will need to be prepared.”