Gary Cahill has admitted that he’s now in a genuine battle with Kurt Zouma for a guaranteed role in Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea set-up.
The England international shone alongside captain John Terry for the Blues last season and at the start of the current campaign, but a dip in form has seen him relegated to the bench frequently in recent times.
Summer arrival Zouma – who had earned a reputation as one of Europe’s top young defenders while with Saint-Etienne – has been the man to step into Mourinho’s XI, and the powerful enforcer has impressed.
The pair both played in yesterday’s Capital One Cup Final – albeit the Frenchman was in an unusual midfield role – but Cahill sees him as a genuine threat to his future at Stamford Bridge:
“Kurt has come in like when I joined the club and taken his chance. He’s performed really, is a great lad, works hard and is a fantastic talent.” He is quoted by the London Evening Standard.
“He’s proved his fully in line with John and me. It’s a three way fight, but obviously John has been the mainstay at the minute. It’s healthy.
“It’s been this way since I first came here when there was Branislav, John and David Luiz who could play centre back. Top internationals who have played a lot more in the game so it’s always been tough competition.”
Chelsea beat Spurs 2-0 at Wembley to claim the first piece of silverware of the season.