Jose Mourinho has reportedly asked the Tottenham board to try to lure Kurt Zouma away from Chelsea.
It was Mourinho who was the Chelsea manager who signed Zouma, now aged 25, from St Etienne for about £12m in 2014. A dreadful knee injury derailed his progress two years later so he was allowed out to Stoke City to kick start again.
The France international spent a year in the Potteries and gave a glimpse of his attributes in what proved to be a difficult time.
In all he only missed two matches other than the meetings with parent club Chelsea but could not prevent Stoke being relegated from the Premier League. He then went and spent the next term on loan at Everton.
Frank Lampard has reintegrated him into Chelsea’s first team in 2019/20 but RMC Sport claims that Mourinho has spoken to his bosses about a potential transfer.
RMC adds that “the news might come as a surprise to Zouma” considering one conversation they had during the time together at Stamford Bridge.
“I don’t remember what game we played. We lost 3-1 away,” Zouma told RMC Sport earlier this season.
“The next day, [Mourinho] catches up with me, he takes me to his office and asks me if I’m fine. I said yes, he asked me if I was safe. I said yes again, he replied, ‘Because you were garbage this weekend.’
“It was so direct! It shocked me, but it made me want to react immediately on the pitch. I remember that it hurt me, that it affected me. But I really wanted to show him that I can react.”