Sport Jules Kounde reveals why he chose Barcelona in first interview since snubbing Chelsea

12:00  29 july  2022
12:00  29 july  2022 Source:   planetsport.com

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  Chelsea in Kounde talks | Tuchel expects Broja to stay Chelsea are continuing talks with Sevilla over a deal for Jules Kounde while Thomas Tuchel says he doesn't expect Armando Broja to leave on loan.Chelsea have signed Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly this summer but Tuchel is keen to add another centre-back to his squad having lost Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen to Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The 23-year-old was expected to join Chelsea earlier in the transfer window, only for the La Liga giants to swoop in before the deal was completed.

Jules Kounde in action for Sevilla © Getty Images Jules Kounde in action for Sevilla

Kounde is now set to join Barcelona after the club agreed a transfer fee with Sevilla.

In his first interview with Barca TV, the player said: "I'm very proud and thankful for this opportunity. I'm very excited because I'm arriving at a great club and a great team.

"I'm really looking forward to start playing with the team, getting to know my teammates and giving it my best effort. "Sevilla is a great club of course, but I think that Barca are the next step in my career at every level - personally and in terms of football. I'm very excited about this. "I want to compete in every competition, to win it. I'm going to try and win as much as possible in terms of trophies and games. That's why I'm here."

Kounde spent three seasons at Sevilla where he made 133 competitive appearances and scored nine goals along the way.

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The defender also helped the team to a Europa League title during the 2019/20 campaign.

Kounde is also a French international and helped the Les Bleus to a UEFA Nations League crown in 2020/21. He has made 11 appearances for France since his debut in 2021.

In his interview, the player also revealed that manager Xavi Hernandez played a big part in his transfer. He added: "The coach Xavi is one of the great reasons why I'm here. I've spoken to him several times. The way he spoke was captivating. We had good conversations, we see football in the same way. "Now it's a question of coming into the team, doing my best, having as many minutes as possible, settle into the team and having an important role."

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The Blues fell short of their Catalan rivals in trying to sign Jules Kounde but could still be involved with the club again this summer.What has been done has been very good work, £85m spent to accrue two world class operators in key areas of the field, adding quality and experience. That doesn't get rid of the scars left from the other dealings that have not only wasted Todd Boehly's time, ultimately, but also left Tuchel frustrated throughout the window.

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