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Zouma plays down Chelsea boss Mourinho's comment

Kurt Zouma was labelled "our new Marcel Desailly" by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho after the League Cup final win but is playing down comparisons with the World Cup winner.

Zouma did not look out of place in Chelsea's midfield. Credit: PA

With Nemanja Matic suspended, Mourinho selected defender Zouma in midfield for his 17th Chelsea appearance and the 20-year-old Frenchman did not look out of place in the 2-0 Wembley win.

That brought further comparisons to his compatriot Desailly, who played 222 times for Chelsea, and was comfortable in both defence and midfield.

That is a lovely thing, what the boss said (But) it is too early to say that because Marcel Desailly is a legend of Chelsea. I have only played about 10 games and I am 20 years old. I loved to watch him play. He was an amazing performer and important for us.

I have to keep working hard. I have to improve every day. I have never met Marcel Desailly but one day I hope I will see him.

– Chelsea player Kurt Zouma