Bad news for Sevilla over blocking Chelsea from signing Kounde
Jules Kounde, a Sevilla defender, is said to be enraged by the club’s decision to block his move to Chelsea. Jules Kounde is reportedly enraged at Sevilla for obstructing his move to Chelsea, and the 22-year-old is now allegedly ignoring calls from his manager, Julen Lopetegui, and the club’s sporting director, Monchi. The European champions were eager to sign the ball-playing defender as a replacement for Kurt Zouma, who had moved to West Ham, and told Sevilla that they were willing to pay £47 million to sign him in the final days of the transfer window.Nonetheless, during a press conference earlier this week, Monchi stated unequivocally that Chelsea would have to pay Kounde’s full release clause in order to secure a deal. The Blues then walked away from negotiations after rejecting the full £68 million figure, and Sevilla never heard from them again.
Kounde was left out of the Sevilla squad that traveled to Elche last weekend ahead of a possible move to Stamford Bridge, with the Andalusian club concerned that the player was not in the right frame of mind to play. That is said to have irritated Kounde, who was then left waiting for the go-ahead to join Chelsea, but it never came.
According to reports in Spain, Kounde is completely ignoring Sevilla out of rage. Last night in Strasbourg, the young defender was in action for France and was shown a straight red card for a tackle on Sead Kolasinac in the 1-1 draw with Bosnia.
As Kounde’s frustrations on the field continued, the Arsenal defender was forced off with suspected ankle ligament damage. Monchi shed some light on the situation earlier this week when he stated that Chelsea would have to pay Kounde’s full release clause in order to sign him.
Later, City’s focus would shift to Ruben Dias, who was named Premier League Player of the Year in his debut season on English soil as City cruised to the title.