Chelsea defender Zouma plays down Desailly comparison

Ahead of the first leg of their Champions League clash with Paris St. Germain, Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has insisted that it is too early for him to be compared with former star Marcel Desailly, reports the Daily Mail.

The 20-year-old, signed from St. Etienne, has broken into the Blues starting XI in recent weeks, displacing Gary Cahill to partner John Terry at the centre of the back four in each of the last four matches.

His impressive performances in games against Liverpool, Manchester City, Aston Villa and Everton have earned him significant praise, and a comparison with Desailly – widely regarded as one of the club’s all-time great defenders. Desailly spent six years with Chelsea between 1998 and 2004, winning the FA Cup in 2000.

But when asked about any possible similarities to Desailly, the youngster played them down, saying: ‘I am very proud of the comparisons, I didn’t know about them but Desailly was a great player. It is too early to talk about me the same way. I have to keep working, showing that I am ready and that I can do it at the highest level. The team is winning and we are winning well.’

Manager Jose Mourinho is expected to maintain his faith in Zouma for Tuesday’s showdown at the Parc des Princes, where he is set to come up against the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi.

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