- Kurt Zouma is one of Chelsea's top players under Frank Lampard this summer
- The center-back joined the Blues from French League side in 2014
- Zouma admits Jose Mourinho taught me to hate defeat during the Portuguese's reign at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has credited former boss Jose Mourinho for boosting his confidence during his reign at the Stamford Bridge.
The Frenchman has enjoyed adequate playing time since the arrival of club legend Frank Lampard as the Blues boss this summer.
Zouma joined the Premier League outfit in 2014 on a five and a half year deal valued around £12 million from Ligue 1 outfit Saint-Etienne.
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He has however admitted that the Portuguese boss played a key role in his development in England - saying the tactician 'opened the gates of England to him'.
"It was Mourinho who opened the gates of England to me. I was only 19 when I arrived there. I was young," Zouma told France Football.
"He also gave me confidence by making me play big games with a lot of intensity. He was the one who showed me what football was like in England.
"The coach is a man who hates losing. He taught me to hate defeat. Thanks to him, I was able to flourish at Chelsea. He gave me a lot of things and taught me a lot. I thank him."
Zouma has enjoyed more playing time under Lampard than he did when his predecessors Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri were in charge of the club.
The defender has made 19 appearances under his present manager, and he says that Lampard has made a massive impact in his short time in charge.
"He is a coach who is really close to us. It's clear that he was still a player until recently. He talks to us a lot, participates a lot in training.
"When we work defensively on corners, he's the one who takes them. You should see the precision he has.
Legit.ng earlier reported that New Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has revealed he left Christian Eriksen on the bench in his side's 3-2 win over West Ham over his uncertain future.
The 27-year-old midfielder will be out of contract with the north Londoners at the end of this season having failed to sign a new deal at the club.
Eriksen has scored two goals and one assist in 15 matches across all competitions so far this campaign.
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