Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has broken his silence amid increasing speculation surrounding his future at Stamford Bridge, which has seen him linked with a move away from the club in the summer transfer window.
The 22-year-old suffered a serious knee injury two seasons ago, which saw the promising defender miss a significant chunk of football, resulting in only 13 appearances in all competitions last season under new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.
With undeniable talent and ability, Zouma has been subject to talk surrounding his future after featuring for only 246 minutes of the Blues’ title winning campaign – with links to Nice, Sevilla and reportedly Arsenal.
Despite the rumours and lack of playing time, however, the 22-year-old is adamant that he is prepared to fight for his place at Chelsea – despite the club seemingly on the lookout for a new centre-back this summer.
He told France Football: “I’m very happy at Chelsea. I hear the rumours, it’s flattering.
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“It means I’m a player people are looking at, but I’m not going to stop there. My objective is to stay at Chelsea.
“Next season, we’ll start from scratch, there will be a lot of games.
He added: “The cards will be put back on the table. It’s up to me to work hard.”
Zouma joined Chelsea from Saint-Etienne in January 2014 on a five-and-a-half-year deal which saw the French defender return to the French club on loan for the remainder of the season.
The 22-year-old’s first full season at Stamford Bridge saw him make 15 league appearances in the club’s title winning campaign, where he showed a glimpse of his undeniable talent which prospered the following season – something he is now determined to show again next season.