Glen Johnson surprised Chelsea sold Kurt Zouma to West Ham United
West Ham United signed Kurt Zouma from Chelsea in a £30million deal during the final days of the summer transfer window, and Glen Johnson is pleased.
The France international centre-back, 26, put pen to paper on a four-year deal [BBC] and is expected to help improve the Hammers defence.
Johnson is happy that his old club snapped up Zouma, but he cannot believe that the Blues allowed such a quality player to leave.
The former England international told Metro: “As a West Ham guy, I’m delighted that they’ve signed him and I think it’s a great deal.
“He’s a good player, a young player and is super athletic. He’s a bubbly guy too so I reckon the West Ham lads would be really happy to have him with them.
“From a Chelsea perspective, I’m surprised they’ve sold him. There clearly must be something between him and Thomas Tuchel because otherwise, they wouldn’t have let him go, even though I don’t know that personally.
“He’s a very good player and for him to turn up at West Ham is ideal for the Hammers.”
Zouma joined Chelsea as a teenager and has since established himself as one of the best centre-backs in the English top-flight, with almost 100 league appearances to his name while at Stamford Bridge.
The former Saint-Etienne star had impressive loan spells at Stoke City and Everton while with the Blues, and West Ham boss David Moyes was very keen to land such an experienced defender.
The Irons are looking to improve on last season’s sixth-placed finish and impress in the Europa League, and someone like Zouma brings much-needed quality to the table.
With only eight international caps to his name, the Frenchman will be aiming to establish himself as a regular for his country ahead of next summer’s World Cup, and moving to the London Stadium gives him an opportunity to show what he can do on a consistent basis.
Zouma was in and out of Chelsea’s first-team all through his time there, but he is expected to become a regular member of the Hammers starting XI, and that should subsequently boost his chances with the national team.
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