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Glen Johnson questions Thomas Tuchel decision to sell Chelsea star

Kurt Zouma joined West Ham from Chelsea during the latter stages of the transfer window (Picture: Getty)

Glen Johnson has questioned Thomas Tuchel’s decision to sell Kurt Zouma and believes there must have been a personal issue between the Chelsea manager and the France international defender.

After weeks of protracted negotiations, Zouma eventually swapped west for east London during the closing stages of the transfer window, ending a seven-year association with Chelsea to sign for West Ham in a £25million deal.

Chelsea has been hopeful of securing a deal for Sevilla’s Joules Kounde, having earmarked Zouma’s international teammate as his successor.

Chelsea failed to secure a deal to sign Jules Kounde from Sevilla

Chelsea failed to secure a deal to sign Jules Kounde from Sevilla (Picture: Getty)

The Champions League holders, however, failed to agree a fee with their Spanish counterparts and will have to rely on youngster Trevor Chalobah, until January at least, to fill the void left by Zouma’s departure.

“As a West Ham guy, I’m delighted that they’ve signed him and I think it’s a great deal,’ said Johnson who represented the Hammers and Chelsea during his career.

‘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.’


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