Kurt Zouma speaks candidly about his first season at Chelsea

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Although the prolific goal scoring of his teammate Diego Costa may have grabbed all the headlines, it is the impressive emergence of the 20 year-old Frenchman Kurt Zouma as the Blues' defensive future which has delighted most Chelsea fans and manager Jose Mourinho this season.

In a recent interview published in the club's monthly magazine, Zouma was full of the joys of spring after proving his worth as a young, versatile starlet with tremendous raw potential.

Zouma said: "My dream was first to play for Chelsea and then to win all the titles I can win. I am living the dream".

Zouma still feeling the pressure

He has also spoken out about the huge pressure that comes with putting on a Chelsea shirt, admitting: "When you play for Chelsea, you have to be ready for anything. If you play with nervousness in your mind, you cannot play very well". 

In fact, the maturity with which he has dealt with this pressure has taken everyone at the club (pleasantly) by surprise.

Not a model defender (yet) 

In the wake of Zouma's impressive display against Tottenham in the Capital One Cup final, Mourinho revealed to reporters that when the Blues signed the Frenchman from St Etienne in January 2014, he did not yet have the "tactical awareness" which has made him such a talent today.

The Blues boss revealed: "We bought him because of his physical profile, but we were not happy with his tactical knowledge of the game but we trusted we could give that to him.

"In pre-season, I saw many mistakes but I thought ‘No problem, it will take time.' He’s bright, humble, wants to work and learn, listens and is intelligent". 

Ambition, Determination and Talent 

Although he is still young, the club's coaches have been quick to point out that he is wise beyond his years, eager to learn from his more experiences team mates and an extremely hard worker. Now, the Frenchman has set his sights on helping the Blues add to their Capital One Cup victory by winning "as many titles as possible". 

In the recent interview, Zouma has also revealed that at Chelsea, the commitment to the cause is such that, "Everybody here can play everywhere. If the manager wants you to play in another position, you have to be ready and say okay".

For the youngster, there is no doubt about it. He is willing to do whatever it takes to prove to his manager, who he says is "great", that he has what it takes to "help the team". 

Impressing Everyone 

Living the dream he is indeed, with a total of five appearances in the Premier League this season; most notably his impressive display in in the Carling Cup final against Spurs as a defensive midfielder in the absence of regular starter Nemanja Matic.

He showed all the poise, awareness and physicality that was required of him and at the tender age of twenty and in a cup final, it is no wonder the youngster has Mourinho gushing about him being Stamford Bridge's next stalwart when John Terry eventually hangs up his boots. 

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