Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on Kurt Zouma after his impressive 45-minute showing in last night's 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur.
The France U21 international replaced Gary Cahill during the interval at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening and delivered an assured performance that will give Blues fans encouragement for the future.
Zouma joined Chelsea from St Etienne during the summer and has already been talked up as a potential long-term replacement for club captain John Terry at the heart of defence.
After the game Mourinho took the opportunity to pay tribute to the talented 20-year-old for the consistent level he's maintained every time he's been called upon, and hinted that Zouma has every chance of becoming a firm fans favourite in west London.
"[Cahill suffered] No concussion or anything like that," the Portuguese tactician was quoted by the Daily Star. "He was just maybe afraid of heading the ball which is not good.
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"It was a good opportunity for Zouma, who is playing very well every time he plays. I'm so happy with his evolution since he arrived. He will be a big player for Chelsea for many years."
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