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WATCH: Kurt Zouma Explains How Jean-Claude Van Damme Inspired His Parents To Name Him

WATCH: Kurt Zouma Explains How Jean-Claude Van Damme Inspired His Parents To Name Him

It's good to see Kurt Zouma finally back on the pitch as he eases back into the Chelsea fold following his devastating knee injury 12-months ago. The French defender was forced to sit on the sidelines as his nation hosted the European Championships.

The 22-year-old is renowned for his energy and personality. Some even say he has the biggest smile in football, so when you pick up on the fact that his name is Kurt 'Happy' Zouma then it's really quite fitting.

(Zouma and Batshuayi celebrate in the previous round of the FA Cup against Peterborough)

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Ahead of the Jose Mourinho FA Cup quarter-final derby, FA TV caught up with the French powerhouse to discuss a bunch of topics. From Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte to their ambitions of lifting the domestic double.

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(Credit: FA TV)

And while the Chelsea vs. Manchester United clash has everyone talking, it's the origin of 'Kurt Zouma's' name which has peaked our interest.

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"My parents were watching a film and it starred Jean-Claude Van Damme, the actor." He said in a segment filmed by FA TV.

Before revealing how his parents inspired them to name their son, Kurt. Because of JCVD's involvement in Kickboxer, obviously.

"He was killing everyone in the movie and at the end of the movie, they saw that his name was Kurt. They said, okay we'll call this kid Kurt and we'll put Happy (as his middle name) because he will always be happy."

Kurt Happy Zouma is a great name, to be fair!

Topics: Chelsea, Kurt Zouma

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.