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‘I want to beat Chelsea’: West Ham’s Kurt Zouma speaks out ahead of reunion with former club

‘I want to beat Chelsea’: West Ham’s Kurt Zouma speaks out ahead of reunion with former club

West Ham defender Kurt Zouma has spoken out on facing his former club for the first time.

Kurt Zouma joins West Ham

Chelsea would sign Zouma from French outfit Saint-Etienne all the way back in 2011.

Just a teenager at the time, Zouma was loaned out on several occasions to gain some much-needed senior experience.

The stopper would eventually return to the club in 2019 following a loan stint with Everton, before finally beginning to earn a regular starting spot under Frank Lampard.

However, when Lampard was sacked in January of 2020, Zouma saw his game time reduced a fair but under Thomas Tuchel.

As a result, with Chelsea boasting a surplus of centre-backs, it was not too surprising to see Zouma sold to West Ham for a reported £31.5m in the summer.

Zouma speaks out on facing Chelsea for first time

Zouma has since featured on 11 occasions for the Hammers, becoming a key cog in their backline, and acting as a major factor behind their impressive campaign to date on both the domestic and European fronts.

Now, though, West Ham are set to host Chelsea, Zouma’s former club, on Saturday.

And, ahead of the game, the Frenchman has spoken out about facing the Blues for the first time since his move:

“It will feel special in a way because I’ve been there for so many years, but it’s a football game and like all the other games I want to win this game for my team.

“I want to beat Chelsea because I want to beat everybody. I play for West Ham now and I’m very happy to be here.

“It’s going to be a tough game as we know they have a lot of strength, but we have to use our strength to make them suffer.”

Quotes via football.london.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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