Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has revealed his desire to win the Ballon d'Or in the future.
The France international, 20, also confirmed that he is "very happy" at Stamford Bridge, but claims comparisons with Marcel Desailly are premature.
Zouma has made 16 appearances for Chelsea this season, scoring two goals in the process, following his £12 million transfer from Saint-Etienne last year.
Zouma reveals Ballon d'Or dream
Asked if he thinks about winning the Ballon d'Or - football's most prestigious individual accolade - Zouma told Canal+, according to the Mirror: "Yes, it's a dream for me. I am someone who dreams.”
And on the Desailly comparisons, the powerful 6ft 4in defender - who Jose Mourinho deployed in central midfield to nullify the threat of Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini on Saturday - insists he still has an awful lot to prove.
Zouma plays down Desailly comparisons
"People often compare me to Marcel Desailly, but he has made his career," Zouma continued. "This is a football legend. He played in a lot of big games. I have only just arrived and I still have a lot to prove."
The Frenchman has also dismissed suggestions that he is unhappy at Stamford Bridge after struggling to force his way into the Blues' side ahead of first-choice centre-backs John Terry and Gary Cahill.
Zouma has no regrets over Chelsea switch
"I do not regret [joining Chelsea] at all, because it's the club I've always loved," Zouma added. "I did not play much at first but now it's starting to get better and I am very happy."
The former Saint-Etienne star is already putting pressure on Terry and Cahill for a first-team place and it won't be long before he cements a permanent spot in Mourinho's line-up.
Zouma is one of several hugely talented French youngsters that have emerged in recent seasons and will be hopeful of earning a place in Didier Deschamps' squad for next summer's European Championships.
Ballon d'Or unlikely for Zouma
But whether he will ever win the Ballon d'Or is doubtful. Few defensively-minded players have ever won the award, while in recent years it has been dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Italian World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro was the previous defensive player to win the Ballon d'Or - back in 2006 - and Mattias Sammer was before that, back in 1996.
Unless Zouma inspires France to European Championship or World Cup glory - or performs heroics with Chelsea - it's unlikely that he'll ever win the accolade.
But there's no reason why this immense talent won't go on to become a vital player for both club and country in the near future.
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