Saint Etienne defender Kurt Zouma admits he is flattered to be linked with a summer move to Chelsea, reports Sky Sports.

The 18-year-old centre-back has attracted interest from a host of top European clubs, after a series of commanding performances in Ligue 1 last season.

Bayern Munich and AC Milan are both believed to be monitoring Zouma's situation, but it's Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho who is understood to be on the verge of making a bid.

Zouma almost arrived in the Premier League - and west London - last summer, as his representatives held preliminary talks over a move to Queens Park Rangers.

Now it looks as though Stamford Bridge will be his most likely English destination, which is a transfer prospect that has made the France U20 international 'take note'.

"If you hear of interest from Chelsea and a great manager such as Jose Mourinho, you take notice," he said. "It makes you happy, and it means you are on the right way to the top.

"I am relaxed about all the fuss about me being linked with big clubs, at the moment my focus is on the Under-20 World Cup. We have to try to win that with our generation of good young players."

Zouma made 18 first-team appearances for Saint Etienne in 2012/13 and is valued by the French club around  €12million.










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