Saint Etienne defender Kurt Zouma has announced that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has contacted him about a potential move to Stamford Bridge.
The French starlet has attracted interest from a number of top European sides but has told the media Chelsea have have contacted him within the last month.
"There was advanced contact last month. At the start I thought it was a joke but afterwards I quickly took his call seriously," he told French sport newspaper L'Equipe.
He added: "When a great man like Jose Mourinho calls a little player like Kurt Zouma, it's nice. It doesn't happen every day and it's a big sign of respect and confidence."
It has been widely reported that Chelsea will look to secure the Under 20 French World Cup winner for around £10million, with Zouma admitting that he will definitely leave this season.
"I'm playing my third season in Ligue 1," he said. "In June, it will be time to go and see how things happen elsewhere. Why not a step up in France? The top teams are Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco. It would be a good career plan. Abroad, it's make or break. But it's a risk worth taking," said Zouma.
Zouma was born in Lyon, France and joined the Vaulx-en-Velin academy in 2003 before signing for the Saint Etienne youth team in 2009.
He made his senior debut in 2011 and has gone onto make over 50 league appearances to date. He has also represented France from the Under 16s to Under 21s (excluding Under 18s) and is widely tipped to be called up to Didier Deschamps' France team.
Though he may have missed out on this year's World Cup in Brazil, Zouma will be ensuring he develops into the tough, no-nonsense centre-back that is expected of him.
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