Stoke City defender Kurt Zouma admits Jose Mourinho was key to him signing for Chelsea.
The former St Etienne stopper joined Chelsea as a 19 year-old and is currently on-loan at the Potters.
Zouma told Goal: “When I was eighteen, Internazionale and Chelsea wanted me. Also Newcastle United and AS Monaco were interested, but then called Mourinho, the man I was a big fan of when I was young. He called me and said it was all arranged, so I immediately went to Chelsea.
“He said: ‘Listen, I want you to come to Chelsea and you’ll start playing, you deserve that. I know you are still young, but age plays no role. When you come to my club, you play’.
“And I played, so I was very happy. I made the right choice. I have never regretted anything, nothing. I know I was young. I was only nineteen when I went to Chelsea. But I was with Mourinho and I knew that I was going to improve myself. That’s why I went to Chelsea, one of the biggest clubs in the world. “