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Chelsea coach Tuchel insists Zouma has nothing to prove amid West Ham, Sevilla links

Thomas Tuchel insists Kurt Zouma isn't playing for his future at Chelsea.

The Frenchman has been linked with Sevilla and West Ham United in recent weeks.

But after Sunday's friendly win over Arsenal, Tuchel doesn't believe Zouma is in the same situation as Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has returned after a loan spell last season.

"Kurt comes from a very different situation. 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.

"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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