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Jose Mourinho is reportedly set to face former club Tottenham for Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma, who is set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer. The Frenchman has struggled to win in Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI since the German replaced Frank Lampard and it now feels like it might be a good time for all parties to move on.
Zouma was a deadline acquisition for Chelsea in January 2014, when he was snatched from Saint-Etienne.
He returned to the Ligue 1 club on loan and won the Premier League and the League Cup the following season, his first England campaign.
The 26-year-old also spent time on loan with Stoke and Everton to gain Premier League experience before playing a big role in Lampard’s plans.
Chelsea are now stacked with options at center-back and another could be added to the squad this summer.
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“I’ll just give an example: Chelsea need a central defender – Kurt Zouma. You don’t need to buy, you don’t need to spend. Zouma, “Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“He’s the English champion, he played for Chelsea, played for Stoke in the Premier League, played for Everton in the Premier League, played for France.
“He’s your player, he’s on loan, where are you going to buy a better player than him?” You have it.
Although he has won trophies under Mourinho’s leadership, not all of them were fond memories for Zouma, who has already detailed the time he was called ‘trash’ by his former boss.
“I can’t remember which game we were playing, we were losing 3-1, away,” Zouma told RMC Sport in February 2020.
“The next day he [Mourinho] catches me up, takes me to his office, and asks me if I’m okay. I said yes, he asked me if I was sure.
“I said yes again, he said ‘Because you sucked this weekend.’ That way, direct, it shocked me, but it made me want to react right away on the pitch.
“I remember it hurt, it affected me. But I really wanted to show him that I could react.”