MX23RW : Sunday, September 22 06:40:30| >> :600:2916722:2916722:

Kurt Zouma opens up on "very, very long journey" back from injury

Kurt Zouma opens up on
© Reuters
The 24-year-old has spent the last two seasons on loan at Stoke and Everton respectively.

Kurt Zouma is relishing his second chance at Chelsea and is determined to help Frank Lampard's reign be successful.

The 24-year-old has spent the last two seasons on loan at Stoke and Everton respectively, but is back in the picture at Stamford Bridge under Lampard, who has picked him in his first three games in charge.

Zouma spent much of the summer being linked with a return to Goodison Park, but his focus is now on cementing his place in Lampard's team.

"I am here. Everything is done now," he said. "I have to do my job here and I am happy to be here.

— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 18, 2019

"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."

It has not been the best start for Chelsea as they are yet to win this season, though have played well in patches.

The first 25 minutes of their 1-1 draw with Leicester on Sunday was exceptional as they pressed their opponents and should have had more to show for their efforts than Mason Mount's first goal for the club.

Leicester hit back after the break as the effects of Chelsea's midweek trip to Turkey, where they lost to Liverpool on penalties in the Super Cup, took its toll.

"We had a long journey after the game and played 120 minutes there so it was difficult. We wanted to forget that with a win. Unfortunately, we couldn't. We started the game very well. We need to keep that and move from there."

Wilfred Ndidi earned Leicester a point with an emphatic second-half header, which atoned for his error in the build-up to Mount's opener.

The midfielder, whose side missed several chances to win the game, had a sense of regret.

He told the club's official website: "Getting this point, we're not really happy, we're kind of sad because we dominated the second half which could have brought a better result for us.

"It's a mixed feeling for me because in the first half we were not up to it.

"We tried to come back in the second half, with better spirit and we tried to push forward."

body check tags ::

Click here for more stories about Kurt Zouma

Click here for more stories about Chelsea

Share this article now:
Instagram - Follow Sports Mole
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard reacts during his side's Premier League match with Leicester on August 18, 2019
Read Next:
Frank Lampard: 'Stamford Bridge return was stuff of dreams'
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
/esi/758/0/index.html - esi:0:site:0:-p-: {0}: - :T758:-: {0}: < ! - - T  758 {0} - - >  : 
Premier League
Rugby World Cup
Championship
Scottish Premiership
La Liga
Serie A
Bundesliga
Ligue 1
Eredivisie
Primeira Liga
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Russian Premier League
Ukrainian Premier League
Swiss Super League
Danish Superliga
Norwegian Eliteserien
Swedish Allsvenskan
Segunda Division
Serie B
2.Bundesliga
Major League Soccer
Brasileiro
Argentine Primera Division
Liga MX
Welsh Premier League
Chinese Super League
Premier League 2 - Div 2
NFL
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool55001541115
2Manchester CityMan City64112461813
3Leicester CityLeicester632185311
4Bournemouth63121110110
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs622212848
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd52218448
7Burnley62228718
8Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd62227618
9Chelsea5221111108
10Arsenal52218808
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham522167-18
12Southampton621369-37
13Crystal Palace521236-37
14Everton621359-47
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton613258-36
16Norwich CityNorwich6204914-56
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle612348-45
18Aston Villa511346-24
19Wolverhampton WanderersWolves5032610-43
20Watford6024418-142

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account