After weeks of protracted negotiations, Kurt Zouma ended a seven-year association with the Stamford Bridge landlords by signing for West Ham in a £25million deal.
Chelsea however, failed to agree a fee with their Spanish counterparts and will have to rely on youngster Trevor Chalobah, until January at least, to fill the void left by Zouma’s departure.
Glen Johnson has questioned Tuchel’s decision to sell Zouma and believes there must have been a personal issue between the Chelsea manager and the France international defender.
“As a West Ham guy, I’m delighted that they’ve signed him and I think it’s a great deal,’ said Johnson who represented the Hammers and Chelsea during his career.
‘He’s a good player, a young player and is super athletic. He’s a bubbly guy too so I reckon the West Ham lads would be really happy to have him with them.
‘From a Chelsea perspective, I’m surprised they’ve sold him. There clearly must be something between him and Thomas Tuchel because otherwise they wouldn’t have let him go, even though I don’t know that personally.
‘He’s a very good player and for him to turn up at West Ham is ideal for the Hammers.’