Chelsea youngster Kurt Zouma admits he was nervous about joining the club from St Etienne back in January, but was well-received by the senior players at the club.
The U21 international was loaned straight back to his old club in France after joining the Blues, and is yet to make his senior debut in west London.
However, the 19-year-old is expected to have a bright future in the game, and will be hoping to suitably impress manager Jose Mourinho whenever an opportunity arises.
“I arrived with some trepidation at first. I thought to myself, ‘how is this going to happen?' It was all new to me,” he told Foot-Express, translated by Sport Witness.
"Above all there was a lot of excitement. I was eager to discover this universe, what happened in this club. Everything has gone very fast for me. We have a quality group, we have a big team. I'm happy. All the players are nice, they were very receptive to me.”
Zouma did play for Chelsea in a pre-season friendly against Wycombe this summer, and has also been handed the number five shirt at Stamford Bridge this season.
Competition for places
He does have competition for places in the starting line-up though, with John Terry and Gary Cahill the preferred partnership of ‘the Special One’ and Branislav Ivanovic also capable of playing at the heart of the Blues’ defence.
The teenager does have time on his side at Chelsea however, and after getting over those initial nerves following the move, will now be looking to make his mark amongst the seniors at the club.