Kurt Zouma is delighted with his move to Chelsea.
The former St Etienne defender admits he grew up following the career of Blues captain John Terry.
"My favourite footballers as a kid were John Terry and Mamadou Sakho. Terry is a great leader and the perfect example to young players starting out in the game," he told chelseafc.com.
"It's very exciting for me, I've always looked up to him as a player and now I just want to learn as much as possible from him. I spoke to him briefly and he's a very nice man."
On speaking with manager Jose Mourinho, Zouma added: "Yes, I spoke with him just for a short time and he explained what he expects from me. He's the best manager in the world and I'm so happy to be able to work with him.
"It's a big honour for me, Marcel Desailly was a fantastic defender, a great example, and I would love to be able to have a career like his during my time at the club. I hope I can become another great French Chelsea defender."
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