Next Game

NY Red Bulls v Chelsea

Thursday, 23 July 2015, 01:00

Int Champs Cup North America

Zouma: My time will come

Kurt Zouma is happy to be patient at Chelsea and is working hard to make sure that he will be ready when his chance comes.

Last Updated: 04/09/14 at 16:22 Post Comment

Kurt Zouma: Enjoying life at Chelsea and staying calm over lack of regular footb

Kurt Zouma: Enjoying life at Chelsea and staying calm over lack of regular footb

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Chelsea signed Zouma in January but allowed him to remain on loan with Saint-Etienne for the second half of last season.

He linked up with Jose Mourinho’s squad in the summer but has found his route to the first team blocked by a number of established centre-backs already at the club.

The 19-year-old is regarded as one of the most promising young defenders in the game and hopes to go on to play at international level in the next couple of years, but he is staying calm about his current lack of action at Chelsea.

He told L’Equipe: “When I was at Saint-Etienne and I didn’t play, I immediately got upset. But I learnt. 

“Now there are senior players, stars in my position, and they are doing a great job. I take my time. I am learning besides those defenders. I know my time will come. 

“Jose Mourinho told me: ‘Rafael Varane, I made him start against Manchester City. You have to be ready to play at any moment’.

“I am using Varane and (Eliaquim) Mangala as role models. Nowadays they are in the French team and I hope to join them.

“Euro 2016 is an objective I set to myself. Even if it will be very difficult to get a position, the door is not so far away.”

Zouma is enjoying life at Chelsea and has revealed that he has early become a target for the club’s jokers.

He said: “Diego Costa is very, very crazy. Ivanovic makes a lot of jokes too.

"Afterwards the group laugh a little about my age because, well, I'm a big man for 19-years-old.

"Even the coach when we were going for the blood test jokingly said, 'Here, now we'll see if you lied about your age'.

"But really they're cool, easy.”

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

his is all good fun, but anyone who thinks United are 4th best in England for anything more than a blip is properly f***ing mental. And Domenech is properly f***ing mental.

megabrow (cufc)
Schneiderlin must join United - Domenech

I

f the answer is Matt Phillips, the question should never be Who is one of your major transfer targets?

jelasfirsttouch
The Twosome Gossip

I

s this Chris Smalling playing the 'Race' card?

hump3.
Smalling wants United race

Footer 365

Roberto Firmino eyeing trophy success at Liverpool after saying bye to Hoffenheim

Liverpool's £29m summer signing Roberto Firmino hopes to celebrate "a lot of success" at Anfield and 'can't wait test himself in the Premier League'.

Manchester United 'agree Matteo Darmian fee with Torino'

Manchester United have agreed a fee with Torino for Italy right-back Matteo Darmian, according to Sky Italia sources.

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba not joining Barcelona this year

Barcelona have insisted they are "not planning" a move for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba this calendar year.

Mail Box

Doesn't Delph To Arsenal Make More Sense?

We have reaction to our Top Ten regarding Philipp Lahm and Dave Mackay, why we all love Harry Kane, Fabian Delph to Arsenal and what United can get away with...

Why Is Kane More Likeable Than Carrick?

A Mailbox which covers topics including Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero, Robin van Persie, handballs, transfer reporting and Rodgers bingo. It's not us being mean...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company