Chelsea star Kurt Zouma revealed Tottenham Hotspurs coach Jose Mourinho called him during the Portuguese time at Stamford Bridge.
The 57-year-old coach signed the French defender as a youngster from Saint-Etienne on 31 January 2014 and just as he was beginning to make strides into the first-team, the former Blues boss criticised him in the frankest way possible a day after a game during their time together at the club.
Zouma went onto play a further 48 games under Mourinho before the coach was shown the door in December 2015 where he spent loan spells at both Stoke City and Everton, but up until recent weeks has been a regular pick in Frank Lampard’s starting lineup this season.
The 25-year-old center-back revealed when Mourinho invited him into his office and gave him a dressing down: “I cannot remember which match we were playing, we were losing 3-1, away from home.
“The following day, he [Mourinho] catches up with me, he takes me to his office, and he asks me if I am ok. I said yes, he asked me if I was sure.
“I said yes again, he replied ‘Because you were rubbish this weekend.’ Like that, direct. It shocked me, but it made me want to immediately respond on the pitch,” Zouma said via RMC Sport.
Zouma will come face to face with his old manager next Saturday when Mourinho will return to Stamford Bridge as his Tottenham side take on Chelsea.