Tuchel insists Chelsea player has nothing to prove

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has insisted Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma isn’t playing for his Chelsea future as he already knows what the defender can offer.

Following his performance against Arsenal on Sunday, Tuchel insists Zouma isn’t in the same situation as Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has returned after a loan spell last season.

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Tuchel said: “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.”

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

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