Chelsea starlet Kurt Zouma recently returned from a loan spell at St Etienne but is not keen on another loan move as he prepares to fight for a place in the first team, Daily Star reports.

The 19-year-old is once again being linked with another spell away from Stamford Bridge with Monaco and Sunderland both interested in the young defender.

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Jose Mourinho also hinted that he won’t be willing to risk playing him too too early as he believed Zouma is not yet ready for a starting role in the heart of defence.

The French player revealed that he already told the Blues boss that he wants to earn a place in the squad by remaining in London.

He said: “Yes (we spoke) a little, he (Mourinho) told me hello, welcome and said, are you ready?

“I told him, yes. I am very excited, I am very happy to come to the club.

“He’s the best manager in the world and I’m so happy to be able to work with him.

“Initially it will be a period of adaptation but I hope I can improve as a player, get into the team and just play as many matches as possible.”

 

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