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2017 03 08 Retrieve

[Quotes on John Terry] For me he can play many more times. He is still at a top level. He has been playing very well since I arrived at Chelsea. He can continue for sure. His performances have been consistent. Since I have been at the club, I haven’t seen him play badly. That’s the truth. He was always helping everybody. He has been a massive support to me. When I started my first games last year he was always talking to me. He is a legend and a very good leader. I have learnt a lot from him

2019 07 23 Retrieve

[Kurt Zouma is expecting to remain at Chelsea after being given assurances over his future] I’m happy with what the manager said about me. That means he is seeing the work I’m doing and I’m very pleased with that. We had a chat, and he was very good with me. He is a very good manager. I enjoyed my time at Everton but I’m a Chelsea player and we’ll see what will happen now in the future. I think it will be here at Chelsea. This is a chance for me. I went out on loan last season but I’m a Chelsea player and I want to do well to get my chance and be here

[On his spell at Everton, which delivered 36 appearances and two goals] It was a very good season for me. It was very good for my development. After my injury I was ready to play week-in week-out. Going there I did that and improved myself technically and tactically in every aspect with the manager there. I am a better player. Everything has improved in my game. I still have a lot to learn and to work on but I feel I have done a lot

[Zouma is, however, aware that he faces fierce competition for places at Chelsea, with the likes of David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen also hoping to secure centre-half berths] There is a lot of quality here. It depends on the manager. He can only play with two centre-backs. He has to make the choice but he is lucky because he has good players. It will be hard for him to make that choice but that is what we’re here for

[Zouma is determined to find regular football due to a desire on his part to add to the collection of five senior caps he has earned for his country] That is very important for me. It was one of my targets to get into the France team. I had been there before and wanted to come back. I managed to do that. Now the target is to play at the Euros - but to be there you have to be playing at your club. So I am working very hard – and let’s see what is going to happen

: 2019 07 25 Kurt Zouma, is a target for Everton following an impressive loan spell at Goodison Park last season, but Lampard is keen to keep the France international following the release of Gary Cahill.

2019 11 26 Retrieve

[Kurt Zouma says new Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho taught him to hate losing] It was Mourinho who opened the gates of England to me. I was only 19 when I arrived there. I was young. He also gave me confidence by making me play big games with a lot of intensity. He was the one who showed me what football was like in England. The coach is a man who hates losing. He taught me to hate defeat. Thanks to him, I was able to flourish at Chelsea. He gave me a lot of things and taught me a lot. I thank him

He is a coach who is really close to us. It’s clear that he was still a player until recently. He talks to us a lot, participates a lot in training. When we work defensively on corners, he’s the one who takes them. You should see the precision he has. It’s amazing. He has so many qualities with his feet. He also does the rondo with us. I can assure you that he almost never goes in the middle. He is still very strong.

2019 12 10 Retrieve

[Kurt Zouma says Frank Lampard hates defeat] He hates a defeat, he hates it. He’s the kind of manager who comes to us when we make a mistake and tells us but he’s very calm as well. He understands the game because he’s been involved in it for a long time and he’s there to give us advice. He’s the first one to say when we make a mistake and we try to make it right in the next game

[Zouma admits marked improvement is required] We were frustrated with the defeat of course. I think that’s a message for us to answer. We have to play with personality and show character because we lost at the weekend. It’s clear he wants to motivate us and we’re already motivated for this game. He wants us to be more responsible in the games and take more risks. He knows the quality that we have in the squad with very talented players. We have to play the game like we play in training, be good, take risks and play without fear. We’ve maybe had a lack of communication in the games sometimes but we have a very good team so we can bounce back. We won seven games in a row not long ago. We need to be more clinical as well and stay as a team

[The Blues’ cause has been aided by the return to fitness of German centre-half Antonio Rudiger] Rudiger is an important player for us. He’s a very experienced player and we know the qualities he has. It’s good to have him back, he has no pain and he’s feeling good so he can help us in the games like every player in the squad

2019 12 20 Retrieve

[Quote on Zlatan] It is difficult to defend against him because he has the physique of a big centre forward, a ‘target man’ as we say here in English football. But on top of that, he is technical and quick like a small player. Few players have both of those qualities, so the defenders are not used to that. You are pushed around, and as well, you get out-dribbled with finesse

2019 12 26 Retrieve

[Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma says manager Frank Lampard deserves all the credit for his tactical decisions in the win against Tottenham Hotspur and possesses the players to operate in different systems] The manager just wants us to show personality on the pitch, with the ball and without the ball as well. He just wants us to talk together a lot and also when we get the ball just play and that means taking risks at times. Not crazy risks but being in position and try to do a bit more sometimes to help the team and to get the win. We hadn’t been playing three at the back for a long time now, maybe one or two months, and coming back to that and playing like that, for sure the manager deserves the credit because he did it well and everybody respected the plan. We can change formations depending on the opponent and depending on the players that we have. We have all different kinds of players and playing four at the back or three at the back, for us both of them are good formations. We have very talented players who can play in different positions no problem

Boxing Day is not special because every three days we have a game, and we know that after Christmas people will be celebrating a little bit maybe with their families but it is an important game for us. Especially at home we want to win this one and especially we want to confirm the victory we had at Tottenham, so we want to keep going and get another streak of wins. We have to play the same as we did against Tottenham. It does not matter who the opponent is. Just fight for every ball, be as a team, be compact and defend well, and try to score the chances we get. That is it

2020 02 13 Retrieve

[Zouma: Mourinho told me I was rubbish at Chelsea] I cannot remember which match we were playing, we were losing 3-1, away from home. The following day, he [Mourinho] catches up with me, he takes me to his office, and he asks me if I am ok. I said yes, he asked me if I was sure. I said yes again, he replied ‘Because you were rubbish this weekend.’ Like that, direct. It shocked me, but it made me want to immediately respond on the pitch. I remember that it hurt me, that it affected me. But I really wanted to show him that I could react

He is someone who loves victory. He uses all the tools possible to achieve it. I came here at 19 and he played me. I was able to have my chances, I played my matches. I don’t know what other people think, we all have different opinions, but from my side, I don’t really agree [with the notion that Mourinho does not give young players a chance]

2020 03 04 Retrieve

[Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has praised Billy Gilmour for his maturity and confidence on the ball in the wake of a standout display against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge] Unbelievable performance, very mature in his game, and calm and clever as well, with the ball and without the ball. He was fantastic, like he is training. He is training very good. He is very confident and he can keep the ball, he is running around and pressing the guys. He has a bright future ahead of him, he just needs to keep working hard

[Zouma went on to urge his team-mates to maintain the same levels of focus they showed against Liverpool when Everton arrive at Stamford Bridge for a crucial Premier League encounter on Sunday] Everybody was fighting a lot for every ball, everyone running around and defending and attacking. It was a good game to watch I think and we did a very good game.

Any clean sheet is good but especially against Liverpool. We know they have great players up front, they have a great team, and we did very well defensively and it is not just about defenders, all of us as a team played very well defensively, and offensively. We could have scored more.

We did a good game but we need to stay focused because there are games when we can play good, and others when we are so-so. Maybe players are a bit tired, I don’t know, maybe we are not focused enough. Against Liverpool, this is the mentality we need to keep every game. We have a very important game on Sunday [against Everton], we need to get the win at home and move on from there