'Mourinho told me I was rubbish'

English Premier League

Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has revealed he was once of the receiving end of a rollicking from Jose Mourinho who called him 'rubbish' after a defeat in the Premier League.

Zouma, 25, has become a regular at the Blues this season after two separate loan spells away from the club, making 30 appearances across all competitions under Frank Lampard.

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However, when he first arrived under the tutelage of Mourinho, the France international had doubts around his ability due to his inconsistent displays.

And he recalls a specific incident with Mourinho, which he believes motivated him to work harder at Stamford Bridge.

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"I cannot remember which match we were playing, we were losing 3-1, away from home," Zouma told RMC Sport.

"The following day, he [Mourinho] catches up with me, he takes me to his office, and he asks me if I am ok. I said yes, he asked me if I was sure.

"I said yes again, he replied 'Because you were rubbish this weekend.' Like that, direct. It shocked me, but it made me want to immediately respond on the pitch.

"I remember that it hurt me, that it affected me. But I really wanted to show him that I could react."

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Zouma went on to dispel the notion that Mourinho doesn't show faith in youth, something the Tottenham manager has been criticised for throughout his glittering managerial career.

"He is someone who loves victory. He uses all the tools possible to achieve it," Zouma said. "I came here at 19 and he played me. I was able to have my chances, I played my matches.

"I don't know what other people think, we all have different opinions, but from my side, I don't really agree [with the notion that Mourinho does not give young players a chance]."

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