Kurt Zouma

Kurt Zouma.

Chelsea fans loved Didier Drogba's brilliant birthday message to Kurt Zouma

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Chelsea legend Didier Drogba won four Premier Leagues, four FA Cups, three League Cups and one Champions League during his two spells at Stamford Bridge.

The 39-year-old Ivorian striker, who scored 65 goals for his country, is currently playing for American club Phoenix Rising FC.

At his peak, Drogba was undoubtedly one of the finest centre forwards on the planet and was a key component in the most successful period of Chelsea's history.

Meanwhile, former Chelsea teammate Kurt Zouma, 23, is currently getting first team football at his season-long loan at Stoke City.

In January 2014, the young French defender joined Chelsea from St. Etienne in a £12m deal but - having last year ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament - has struggled to break into the first team.

Zouma and Drogba were together for just one season at Stamford Bridge but nonetheless managed to form a close friendship.

The Lyon born defender celebrated his 23rd birthday on Friday and received a special message from Drogba on Instagram.

Chelsea v Brentford - The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round

The video captures Zouma's hilarious reaction to Nemanja Matic's thunderbolt strike against Spurs in the FA Cup earlier in 2017.

Reuniting with Jose Mourinho, Manchester United snapped up the Serbian midfielder in a £35m deal over the summer.

"Oh my God!!!! What?!? Me?!? It’s my birthday today?!?? Ooooooohhhhh No wayyyyyyy!!!!! Ooooooohhh... happy birthday my bro @kurtzouma much love from Chef des Chefs"

Stoke manager Mark Hughes is delighted to have a player of Zouma's quality at the club.

"We have to do that because we're not going to go into the market for a £60m player," said Hughes. "We have to use every resource that's available to us.

"Kurt Zouma is a £30-40m centre-half. We can't afford that.

Stoke City v Manchester United - Premier League

"But in the loan market we can get him, so surely that's a good thing. We'll probably have to do that from this point onwards — use loans — that will enable us to get the quality we need.

"Kurt had a bad injury, Chelsea felt they weren't able to give him the game time which he needs now.

"But we're able to do that and we're going to benefit this year."

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