Kurt Zouma has admitted he was flattered Jose Mourinho showed interest in him in the January transfer window.
The powerhouse put pen to paper on a five-year deal with the Blues in January, despite interest from a number of top clubs across Europe.
As quoted on the Daily Express website, he said: “When I had a phone call from Mourinho, I thought someone was imitating him.
“First, I could hardly talk. It is very flattering to have a call from one of the best coaches in the world.
“He told me I have an interesting profile and he wanted to do with me what he did with Raphael Varane at Real Madrid. Thanks to him he became one of the best French defenders.
“When you hear that, you reply yes immediately. Being one of the best French defenders is an objective for me.”