Thomas Tuchel speaks out on Kurt Zouma’s Chelsea future after Jules Kounde offer

Kurt Zouma has been linked with a move away from Chelsea this summer (AFP via Getty)

Thomas Tuchel insists that Kurt Zouma was a ‘crucial member’ of Chelsea’s squad last season following claims that the club are looking to sell the France international this summer.

Last month, reports in France claimed that Chelsea are open to offers for Zouma, with Jose Mourinho keen to bring the defender to Roma.

Chelsea are also targeting a move for French centre-back Jules Kounde and have reportedly included Zouma as part of their offer to Sevilla.

However, it’s understood that Zouma’s preference is to remain in the Premier League with a move to West Ham a potential option.

Zouma was handed his first pre-season minutes on Sunday in Chelsea’s victory over Arsenal and speaking after the game, Tuchel made it clear that he is already well aware of the French defender’s quality and praised his contribution last season.

‘Kurt comes from a very different situation,’ Tuchel said of Zouma.

Kurt Zouma got his first-pre-season minutes on Sunday as Chelsea beat Arsenal (Reuters)

‘Kurt was part of the team for half a year, I know him exactly, what I can demand from him, what he can give to the team. He was part of a very successful half a season.

‘He was a very lively part of it, maybe not in minutes but I want to remember he was a crucial member of the team that won 2-0 against Atletico, for example.

‘So when he was needed, and he had some tough decisions against him, but when he delivered. So the situation isn’t comparable to Ruben [Loftus-Cheek].

‘Ruben needs to show now everything in some weeks if that’s possible. For Kurt, it’s different as I know what he can deliver. It was his first 45 minutes of the season and from now on, we go.’

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