This Monday, August 1 the last (for now) signing of FC Barcelona was presented: Jules Kound, French central defender for whom the Barça team had been fighting for a long time, even against the wishes of another powerful player in Europe such as Chelsea from the Premier League. Sevilla CF finally accepted the offer in the last days of July and the footballer was able to fulfill one of his dreams, as he himself said in the presentation. Despite the aforementioned interest from Chelsea, Kound wanted to play for Bara.
As in the cases of Kessi, Raphinha and Lewandowski, Xavi Hernández was also decisive here for Kound to say yes: “The conversations with Xavi were very fluid, he wants me to continue being aggressive and taking the ball from behind, my strengths”. Despite the fact that Chelsea offered him a better salary, the Frenchman was determined to put on the Bara shirt and therefore decided “to hope that Bara could reach an agreement with Sevilla.”
Although it was not known at the time, it has now been revealed that the player’s interest in signing for Barcelona was so great that he had been following the economic situation in detail for months, especially the issue of financial fair play. This is how Mateu Alemany, sports director and key player in the signings revealed it: First I want to point out something about the signing of Kounde. Every day or two days for two months they called me to find out about (financial) fair play because Kounde wanted to come to Bara and was waiting for us, he wanted to add that.”
Alemany aggregate: “I even had to tell Jonathan Kebe, Kound’s agentwhat stop calling mebecause I had nothing new to say to him. After securing the second level, Kound had thus closed an agreement with another club, but he wanted to come to Bara”. For his part, Laporta thanked Sevilla CF for loaning the player to them:”We respect Sevilla a lot, one of the greats of the League. There is a good relationship, obviously there is competition on and off the field. For us, he is a very important competitor.”
“Today is an important day for Barcelona. We brought in a player who was highly desired by our coach, who was insistent on signing him. We are very grateful because the player has always shown his interest in coming to Barcelona. Thanks to Alemany, Jordi Cruyff and to everyone who has made him here, including his manager and family. We continue to strengthen the team and make it as competitive as possible.” Kound joins the list of other exes as lenglet, Dani Alves o Ivan Rakiticwho wore both shirts.
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