French star admits he rejected Manchester United move for Chelsea

by Sam Peoples

Kurt Zouma has revealed he turned down the chance to join Manchester United in order to secure a move to Chelsea.

In an interview with France Football magazine, the 19-year-old said he had offers from United, Monaco and Inter Milan but wanted to work under Jose Mourinho because of the work he did with Raphael Varane at Real Madrid.

“When I had a phone call from Mourinho, I thought someone was imitating him,” he said.

“First, I could hardly talk. It is very flattering to have a call from one of the best coaches in the world.

“He told me I have an interesting profile and he wanted to do with me what he did with Raphael Varane at Real Madrid. Thanks to him he became one of the best French defenders.

“When you hear that, you reply yes immediately. Being one of the best French defenders is an objective for me.

“I really wanted to go to Chelsea. Did I have other offers? Yes, there were Internazionale, Monaco and Manchester United. All those clubs called.”

“Monaco was the first to call, with the sport director. I thought about it, but with Mr Mourinho, that is a strong signal.

“I know it is a risky choice, but I wanted to catch that train. I didn’t know if I would get that opportunity again.

“By signing at Chelsea I am keen to reach a new level.”

By the sounds of it, Zouma moved for Mourinho more than anything and who can blame him for not wanting to join David Moyes’ side?

Had Louis van Gaal or Sir Alex Ferguson been in charge, it might have been a whole different kettle of fish but instead we missed out on one of the most promising defenders in Europe.

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