Chelsea youngster Kurt Zouma has revealed that defensive duo John Terry and Gary Cahill are helping him progress at Stamford Bridge, reports the Daily Star.
Despite a lack of opportunities at the Premier League leaders this season, the talented Frenchman has insisted that he's learning a lot in England.
Full Premier League debut
In fact, Zouma made his full debut in England's elite division this past weekend, and he's insisted that his manager Jose Mourinho is the greatest coach in the world.
Speaking about his Chelsea boss, the 20-year-old told reporters: "He [Mourinho] helps me in every area. Defensively, tactically. For me he is the best coach in the world.
"I know that I have not played a lot but every day I have learned. When the coach gives me a chance I have to do my best.
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"I'm very happy because it was my first start in the Premier League but I have to improve and we have to keep winning, but we won so for me that is the most important thing.
"The manager said to me well done, but I have to continue because I have only played one game, but I have continue and if gives me a chance I have to continue to improve.
Terry and Cahill
As well as learning from Mourinho, the youngster has insisted that Terry and Cahill, despite being his rivals for the defensive positions at the Bridge, are playing a huge role in his progression.
He's insisted that Terry, who is the club's captain, is helping him improve in a number of different areas.
He continued by saying: "I learn from John how to defend because it is not the same. He pushes me and says 'go, go go' - and I have to go.
"He does the same in training every day. When we are on the pitch we have to work because when you train it is the same as when you play.
"He [Terry] helps me a lot, when the striker goes behind me, or when the striker drops back I have to follow, to keep depth, so helps me a lot. Gary Cahill is the same.
"I learned that the Premier League is not the same at the French League because there is more contact, tactically I learn a lot, tactically, technically and physically I learn from both of them."
There's no doubt about it, then, as the season continues, the youngster will be desperate to continue his progression under the guidance of Mourinho and Co.
And, after impressing against Newcastle in the club's last outing, he may well be handed many more opportunities throughout the course of the campaign.
Zouma certainly looks set to become a top player, and may well star at the heart of Chelsea's defence for a number of years yet.
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