Zouma “very surprised” by Terry leaving

Zouma “very surprised” by Terry leaving

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Chelsea’s young centre-back Kurt Zouma says he’s very surprised at John Terry being allowed to leave the West London club.

Zouma, who was signed on transfer deadline day in January 2014, spoke to the Evening Standard after his team-mate Terry announced the club wouldn’t be renewing his contract “I am very surprised – I didn’t know. Now we have to see what John wants to do because I think he can play for another one or two years.

“This feels like when we lost Didier (Drogba) last summer. He (Terry) is a huge personality at Chelsea. When you lose these kind of players, you have to replace them but I don’t know how John can be replaced. We have to think about it.

“For me he can play many more times. He is still at a top level. He has been playing very well since I arrived at Chelsea (in 2014). He can continue for sure.

“His performances have been consistent. Since I have been at the club, I haven’t seen him play badly. That’s the truth. He was always helping everybody.

“He has been a massive support to me. When I started my first games last year he was always talking to me. He is a legend and a very good leader. I have learnt a lot from him. I don’t know what to say, I am very surprised.”

Terry has won the FA Cup five times as well as four Premier League titles in a glittering career for the Blues.