West Ham United star Kurt Zouma has insisted that he “wants to beat Chelsea” ahead of his reunion with his old club on Saturday.
The defender made the move to the Premier League in 2014 as he joined Chelsea. He was in and out of the team during his time there as he had spells on loan at Stoke City and Everton.
Zouma was a regular for Chelsea during his last two years at the club as he played 36 times across all competitions in 2020/21.
Despite this, he was given permission to leave ahead of the 2021/22 campaign. West Ham splashed out just short of £30m to sign him.
Zouma has been one of their standout players this season. They currently sit fourth in the table and they host Chelsea at the London Stadium on Saturday.
As reported by Football London, Zouma has called for West Ham to make Chelsea “suffer”:
“It will feel special in a way because I’ve been there for so many years, but it’s a football game and like all the other games I want to win this game for my team.
“I want to beat Chelsea because I want to beat everybody. I play for West Ham now and I’m very happy to be here.
West Ham remains in the top four despite a run of two defeats and a draw over their past three league games, which has left them seven points off Liverpool in third and nine behind Thomas Tuchel’s Blues.
The blip has not hit confidence, however.
“I mean, when you see the season we’re having at the minute, I don’t want to go ahead too much, but we can beat the top four and top-six teams and that’s where we are at the minute – we can compete with everybody,” said Zouma.
“That’s what we want, to be a competitive team and playing in Europe every season. Obviously, it starts from Saturday. It’s going to be a tough game, but we feel confident we can get points from that.”