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Chelsea star labelled ‘octopus’ by teammates

One Chelsea star has been given a slightly odd nickname by his teammates.


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The player in question is Denis Zakaria, who joined Chelsea on deadline day from Juventus.

Now, speaking to the Evening Standard recently, Zakaria has revealed that he has been dubbed an ‘octopus’ by his new teammates due to his long legs and ability to win balls in midfield:

“It’s because I have very long legs!” he says. “I win a lot of balls in midfield, so that is why they said octopus. It was funny and it was positive, I hope!”

He added: “I believe in myself 100 per cent,” he says. “I am waiting for my moment and I want to prove I can play in this team. I want to help this team to win and win trophies.

“If you don’t do good, you don’t have the chance to stay. Chelsea is a big club and if you’re not good enough, you can’t stay. I am here to prove that I deserve to be here, that I am a good player and I can help the team.

“That is the most important thing. I want to win trophies and help the team win — and if I have the chance to play, I will give 100 per cent to help. That is the biggest point and after we will see what happens at the end.”

Zakaria is yet to feature for Chelsea, but will be hopeful of earning some minutes on Saturday vs Wolves.

Chelsea head into the Wolves game on the back of a 3-0 win over AC Milan in the Champions League and a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

Chelsea are 5th in the Premier League, but would be just one point behind 3rd-place Tottenham if they win their game in hand.

As for Wolves, they are currently 18th in the decision with just one win from eight, which led to Bruno Lage being sacked earlier this week.

No new manager has been appointed at the time of writing.

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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