Kurt Zouma thrilled with Chelsea comeback
Chelsea centre back Kurt Zouma is relieved after fighting his way into Frank Lampard’s first team following more than a year of injury hell.
Zouma moved to Stamford Bridge as a youngster and established himself early on under Jose Mourinho before suffering a terrible knee injury.
The French star was out of action of a long period, before ending up at Stoke City and Everton on loan to regain his fitness levels.
But Zouma has overcome difficulties to establish himself as first choice alongside Andreas Christensen in Lampard’s early matches as a manager.
Zouma said: “I just want to work hard and play. That's what I'm trying to do and the most important thing is the team. We need to start winning games.
“I'm not surprised to be in the team because that's what I wanted. I came here and wanted to play. I am in a big club and everyone here wants to play.
“The competition is very hard and you can see in the squad, there are a lot of talented players so when you train, you have to do it right.
“That's what I am trying to do and that's what I am working hard for. It has been a very, very long journey. I don't want to talk about that now because that is the past but I fought very hard.
“People don't know, people don't see but I was in the shadow, working hard to get back because I had a very, very bad injury.
“I was off for one year but people forget that and don't see. But me, I always believed in myself.
“My family was always there behind me, supporting me and now I am back here, I am very happy to play here. I just want to keep going,” he added.
Words: Jake Evans