Kurt Zouma

Chelsea starlet willing to play in new position at Mourinho's request

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Chelsea starlet Kurt Zouma insists he is happy to play at left-back when required under manager Jose Mourinho.

The 20-year-old French centre back joined the Blues back in January 2014, and after returning to Saint-Etienne for the remainder of that season on loan his importance at Stamford Bridge has gradually increased. Indeed, the £12million-man featured 26 times in all competitions last term.

As well as playing at the heart of the defence, Zouma has played at both right back and defensive midfield in the past, most notably in last season's League Cup final in the absence of Nemanja Matic and Jon Obi Mikel.

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Tuesday nigh's pre-season victory over Barcelona saw the Frenchman filling in at left-back for the final 30 minutes following Cesar Azpilicueta's withdrawal, and Zouma is more than happy to do a job for the team when required by 'the Special One'.

"It is a new position for me, I played there only one time when I was at Vaulx-En-Velin, but I have to help the team and the boss put me at left-back and it was not a problem," Zouma told the official Chelsea website.

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"I just wanted to play and enjoy the game and the most important thing was that we win and I could help the team."

Shootout success

The Blues victory came courtesy of a penalty shootout, with Eden Hazard and Gary Cahill on the scoresheet for the Premier League champions. Luis Suarez equalised for Barca and Sandro Ramirez scored with a sublime curling finish to put Luis Enrique's side in-front.

It was Chelsea who held their nerve from the spot though, winning 4-2 thanks to some more Thibaut Courtois heroics, and Zouma believes the match serves as excellent preparation for the FA Community Shield against Arsenal on Sunday.

"It was a good match and the most important thing was that we won the game and we wanted to win. It was a bit warm but not too bad. There was a nice pitch with good support and it was good to play," he added.

'Ready for Arsenal'

"We have to play games of 90 minutes to be fit and ready for the match against Arsenal and that was a good part for the team and for me. Now we have to get ready for Sunday’s game."

After facing the Gunners at Wembley, Chelsea begin the defence of their domestic title with the visit of Swansea to Stamford Bridge. That's followed by tricky looking trips to face Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion.

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