Kurt Zouma is appointed permanent West Ham captain by David Moyes

David Moyes confirms Kurt Zouma will remain West Ham captain, with centre-back taking the armband having impressed on interim basis a year-and-a-half after sickening footage of him kicking his cat emerged

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David Moyes has confirmed Kurt Zouma will remain as West Ham captain for the rest of the season.

Moyes has stood by the defender since he hit the headlines when a video of him and his brother Yoan abusing a cat went viral last year.

Footage showed Zouma kicking the Bengal cat across his kitchen before throwing a pair of shoes at it and slapping its head.

Moyes described Zouma’s actions as ‘diaboloical’ at the time but refused to banish him from the squad. The defender has repaid Moyes’ faith with his performances on the pitch and was rewarded with the captain’s armband for the first four games of this season.

After impressing in the leadership role, Zouma will now continue to lead the team for the foreseeable future.

Kurt Zouma has been appointed as the permanent West Ham captain by David Moyes 

Moyes confirmed that Zouma will be continuing having captained them in the interim

West Ham centre back Kurt Zouma (left) has since reflected on a ‘difficult’ year away from the pitch last year after the backlash against him following the sickening video

‘Kurt will continue as captain, yes,’ Moyes said. ‘He’s done a good job.

‘We’ve won three and drawn one in the opening four games so yes, he’ll remain as captain.’

West Ham condemned Zouma’s actions at the time and fined him two weeks’ wages worth £250,000.

The club pledged the fine would be handed to a number of animal charities, while Zouma apologised for his actions.

Zouma was also prosecuted by the RSPCA and pleaded guilty to two counts under the Animal Welfare Act when he appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court in east London last May. He was sentenced to 180 hours of community service.

Zouma was mocked by away fans after footage emerged in February of him kicking a cat

Zouma appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court in east London last May and pleaded guilty to two counts under the Animal Welfare Act

Zouma has been a standout performer and leader for the Hammers so far this season

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