The 19-year-old has been the subject of much interest from some of the Premier League's biggest clubs including Liverpool and Manchester United while playing for Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne.

But the defender, who has been earmarked as a future France captain by the country's coach Didier Deschamps, has revealed he's ready to leave France and head abroad.

"Well, it's true. There has been an advanced contact," Zouma said.

"At first I thought it was a joke. But I quickly took his call seriously. A great man like Jose Mourinho phoning a small player like Kurt Zouma, it's nice.

"It does not happen to you every day and it is a great sign of respect and trust.