Chelsea's £12m star wants to be next John Terry

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Saint Etienne defender Kurt Zouma has set his sights on emulating John Terry, citing the Chelsea captain as a perfect example for any young player to follow.

According to the Daily Star, the France U21 international - who penned a five-and-a-half-year deal with the Blues during the January transfer window - is determined to succeed at Stamford Bridge when he finally returns in the summer.

"John Terry is an emblematic Chelsea player, a great defender, physical, technical, who scores goals too," said Zouma. "An example for me in my position."

Zouma was loaned back to the Ligue 1 club for the rest of the 2013/14 campaign, before linking up with Jose Mourinho's side from the start of next season.

The 19-year-old will arrive in west London with a big reputation, after Chelsea paid upwards of £12million to bring the centre-back to the Premier League.

"I arrive at the Blues, it is a great honour for me," he continued in an interview with Canal+. "More blue has always been my favourite colour! Before I could wear it on the playstation, but now it's for real.

"I was really happy, and my parents even more, there really was a lot of emotion. Even my mother burst into tears.

"Having Mourinho on the phone, it's a shock. To get this kind of big club, you have to prepare. I started taking English classes, looking for an apartment, that sort of thing."

Zouma arrived at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard as a 15-year-old boy in 2009, and will end his five-year association with Saint-Etienne when he finally departs the club permanently this summer.

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