Sevilla star Jules Kounde has admitted to being affected by his failed transfer to Chelsea in the summer.
Regarded as one of the finest talents in the game right now, all the biggest clubs have been keeping a very close eye on the development of Kounde over the past few seasons as he is being tipped to become a top tier defender
Chelsea’s pursuit of Kounde was one of the most well-documented sagas of the last transfer window as Thomas Tuchel sought to add greater depth to his defensive ranks.
The France international played a key role in the club’s run to a fourth-place Liga finish, with his versatility proving crucial for head coach Julen Lopetegui.
Sevilla ultimately managed to keep hold of Kounde, but the 23-year-old has now indicated he was disappointed not to secure the move to Stamford Bridge.
Kounde told French broadcaster Telefoot: “Did my failed transfer to Chelsea this summer affect me? Yes, a little bit, but now it’s digested.”
Chelsea opted against paying his €80m (£68m/$95m) release clause, with the Spanish manager telling Diario de Sevilla: “Kounde, in the end, has stayed because the club has decided that it was the right thing to do based on the evaluation of the offers they may have had.”
There are a few young players out there that could move to the club right now and not walk into that first team, Kounde is not one of those players. He is already proven at the top level and the fact he could be at the club for the next ten years is just why the Blues wanted him
The January window is just a few weeks away, and it will be interesting to see if we reignite their interest to try and get a deal done
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