Kurt Zouma is a French footballer who plays for Saint-Etienne and the France national football team. Playing as a centre back Zouma possesses world class aerial and passing abilities.
Born in Lyon, Zouma has played for Saint-Ãƒâ€°tienne since 2009. On 2 April 2011, Zouma signed his first professional contract agreeing to a three-year deal. He was, subsequently, promoted to the senior team by manager Christophe Galtier ahead of the 2011Ã¢â‚¬â€œ12 season. Zouma made his professional debut on 31 August 2011 in a Coupe de la Ligue match against Bordeaux.
On 7 November 2013, Kurt Zouma was banned for 10 games following a challenge that left Sochaux's Thomas Guerbert, with a broken right leg and a dislocated ankle. Zouma has been further linked with several bigger European clubs including Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.
Zouma is a France youth international having represented his nation at under-16 and under-17 level. He played with the under-17 team at the 2011 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship and 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup. France manager, Didier Deschamps stated in an interview in April 2013 that he sees Zouma as a potential future captain of the French national side.