Jules Kounde: Why did the ball-playing defender choose Xavi’s side over Tuchel’s?

Barcelona and Sevilla have claimed that they have struck an agreement in principle for Jules Kounde’s move, and all that remains is for the player to sign the five-year deal. The Frenchman has now explained why he chose to reject Chelsea and join Barcelona.

Barcelona outbid Chelsea for the second week in a row in the transfer market, this time for Jules Kounde. Following protracted discussions, the Spaniards revealed that they had agreed to sign the defender on a five-year deal, putting an end to yet another transfer saga this summer.

Jules Kounde

It is contingent on the athlete passing a physical and legally signing contracts. The declared transaction value is about €50 million, plus a few million in additional numbers indicating variables and add-ons.

This summer’s high-profile arrivals include Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Franck Kessie, and Andreas Christensen. The defensive back will get medical clearance this week in Barcelona and will begin training with the rest of the team as soon as next week.

Why did Jules Kounde choose Barcelona over Chelsea?

He opted to join Barcelona after speaking with Xavi, who convinced him that he and Ronald Araujo could create a powerful partnership. Because Xavi Hernandez supposedly wanted Kounde to play for Barcelona, the club rushed in and took him away from Chelsea, who had offered €65 million.

I am very thankful for this opportunity. I’m very excited because I’m arriving at a great club with a great team. Sevilla is a great club of course, but Barca are the next step in my career at every level. I want to compete in every competition and try and win as much as possible.

Xavi is one of the great reasons I am here. I spoke to him several times and the way he spoke was captivating. We had some good conversations and we see football the same way. I set myself no limits, I want to grow and learn so I’m going to listen and do the best I can

Kounde in his first interview as a Barcelona player

Despite the fact that he is currently healing from a recent injury, the Blaugrana want to make Kounde public on August 1. Notably, they have not yet registered these players and may be forced to sell off some of its stars, notably Frenkie de Jong, to make place for them on the squad for the next season.

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