Jules Kounde finally reveals what he observed after speaking with Thomas Tuchel

Jules Kounde
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Chelsea were favourites to sign Jules Kounde from Sevilla during the summer transfer window.

The Blues had agreed a fee with Sevilla for Kounde, but the France international eventually opted to join Barcelona.

Speaking recently on why he chose Barcelona over Chelsea, Kounde has said that Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez left a huge impression on him compared to ex-Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.

“First, I come to a huge club, which has known good times and which, lately, has had less,” said Kounde.

“I come to a project that I would not call reconstruction, because we already have a competitive team, but rather, being upturned.

“I was interested in being part of this new wave, in search of titles, and to put Barça back where it has always been, among the best clubs.

“Then there was the conversation with the coach. We talked about football, mainly. I felt a real confidence from him, that he had a real knowledge of myself, my game and my qualities.

“I spoke with Tuchel and I also felt that he wanted me to come but I simply preferred Xavi’s speech.”