Jules Kounde, a recent addition to Barcelona, has disclosed the real reason he chose to play for the Catalan team ahead of EPL side Chelsea.
Kounde’s transfer to Barcelona was officially announced by Sevilla on Thursday night. The defender will now travel to Catalonia for a medical before signing a contract.
The addition of the French defender brings Xavi’s summer signing total to six, joining Robert Lewandowski, Pablo Torre, Frank Kessie, Andreas Christensen, and Raphinha.
Speaking after being introduced as Barcelona’s newest player, Kounde acknowledged that manager Xavi Hernández was responsible for persuading him to sign with the team.
Kounde said, “Xavi is a big reason as to why I’m here. His spiel convinced me, I’m excited to start working with the team.
“It’s clear that we see football in the same way.”
He added, “I’m really proud, grateful. I can’t wait to join the team and start this Barcelona story.
“I say thanks to Sevilla, but of course, Barça is a top step in my career – so here I want to win all competitions.”