Sevilla star Jules Kounde opens up on failed summer transfer to Chelsea

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Jules Kounde has admitted he was affected by the failed move to Chelsea in the summer. Sevilla star Kounde was strongly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. But Chelsea were not prepared to match the player’s release clause.

Kounde’s release clause in his Sevilla contract sits at around £68.7million.

Chelsea were reported to have offered £50m for the France international but the La Liga club rejected the bid.

Blues boss Thomas Tuchel did not go into the market for another defender and instead decided to give opportunities to academy graduate Trevoh Chalobah.

Kounde continues to be linked with an exit from Sevilla.

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But he says he is now over the failed move to west London.

Speaking to French outlet TF1, Kounde said: “Did it affect me? Yes, a little bit, but now I’ve dealt with it.”

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admitted in September that the club pursued Kounde until late in the window.

However, he was not too upset that a deal could not be completed.

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“Marina [Granovskaia] was in charge and she is the best person who can be in charge,” Tuchel said.

“We were in contact and Petr Cech (technical and performance advisor) was in contact. Us three, we knew about all the situations.

“We knew things can happen, things can happen late, and we were also very aware of the situation that, maybe, nothing happens at all.

“I assured everybody that I’m also happy if we cannot bring a player in. We will find the solution within the squad. We will push players within the squad.

“But it was clear we tried for Kounde and Saul and it was very, very late, but it was a very, very smooth transfer window because I had full concentration on training and on my team.”

Although Kounde remains a target for Chelsea, Tuchel admitted earlier this month the emergence of Chalobah could mean they halt their pursuit.

“I think every transfer period you need to evaluate again,” Tuchel said.

“You cannot say what we wanted in the summer, we do in the winter. And what we want to do in winter, we want to do the next summer. It is not like this.

“Your opinion changes, players change, you have evolvement in the group, you have an atmosphere that you build, you see who is absolutely reliable and these connections build up and create something special hopefully in the group.”

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