Everything you need to know about... Kurt Zouma

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Zouma's rise to prominence began back in 2009 when Saint-Etienne snapped him up after graduation from Le Pôle Espoirs Football de Dijon, an academy run in conjunction with the French Football Federation. After impressing in Saint-Etienne’s youth teams his form for Les Verts saw him called up to the France U16 side. He signed his first professional deal at the age of 16 towards the back end of the 2010/11 season, and became a first-team regular at the start of the following campaign. Despite interest from foreign clubs being rebuffed by Zouma himself, strong links with Europe’s top clubs remain. He's represented France at all youth levels and his performances at the start of this season were rewarded with a first call-up to the senior side.

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