Jules Kounde opted against joining Chelsea because Thomas Tuchel told him this

France international defender Jules Kounde was close to joining Chelsea in the summer before opting to join Barcelona instead.

According to Relevo, Kounde opted against signing for Chelsea due to the position former Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel wanted him to play in.

The report claims Chelsea were close to signing Kounde from Sevilla until Thomas Tuchel told the France international he intends to use him as a right wing-back in a back five.

Kounde was unhappy with how Tuchel intended to use him at Chelsea and then opted against making the move to Stamford Bridge.

While Tuchel wanted to use Kounde as a right wing-back, Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez reportedly promised the France international that he would be used as a centre-back alongside Ronald Araújo.

Barcelona sealed the signing of Kounde in a deal worth £47million, just one of several high-profile signings they managed to secure.

Had Tuchel offered to play Kounde as a centre-back in his back three and not as a right wing-back, perhaps the France international would be a Chelsea player today.