John Terry was gushing over Kurt Zouma on his Instagram live story and hoped the defender would be with Chelsea for as long as possible.

Zouma was a teammate of Chelsea’s legendary captain for three years.

The pair won two Premier League titles and the League Cup before Terry retired in 2017.

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COBHAM, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 21: Kurt Zouma of Chelsea (L) and John Terry (R) speak during the Premier League 2 match between Chelsea and Southampton at Chelsea Training Ground on November 21, 2016 in Cobham, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

When asked his thoughts about Zouma, the former Blues skipper was completely complimentary.

“I love Zoum. I miss his laugh and smile every day actually. He’s a great lad, unbelievable pro and a great professional.

“He’s a beast of a player. Like all of us we need a long run in the team to cement your place and really develop as a player.

“It’s difficult when you come in and out so hopefully he can cement his place and be at Chelsea for a long time.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 03: Kurt Zouma of Chelsea on the ball during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on January 03, 2021 in London, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Chelsea completed the £12m (BBC Sport) for Zouma from St Etienne seven seasons ago and has since overseen plenty of change at Stamford Bridge.

He is yet to feature for Thomas Tuchel, the latest man to hop on the Blues managerial merry go round.

Having been a regular at the beginning of 2020/21, Zouma fell out of favour first with Frank Lampard and has continued this theme under Tuchel.

Thursday’s FA Cup tie against Barnsley provides the 26-year-old a perfect opportunity to work his way back into the bosses plans.

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I think everyone was surprised when Lampard dropped Zouma following his impressive start to term.

It’s perhaps less shocking he hasn’t yet returned considering the strong state Chelsea find themselves defensively.

In my opinion, he still has a large part to play and it would be foolish to let him leave or rot away on the sidelines.

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