refusing to sign at Chelsea, “calls every day” … Koundé’s stubbornness to join Barça

Jules Koundé, recruited by Barça, was presented to the press on Monday. The opportunity for the French defender to confirm that he has indeed refused to sign for Chelsea, while Mateu Alemany, director of football for the Catalan club, favored the stubbornness of the former Sevillian to join the Blaugranas.

The long soap opera of the transfer of Jules Koundé had its epilogue four days ago. Last Friday, the arrival of the French international (23 years old, 11 caps) was made official by Barça, with whom the former Sevillian is committed until June 2027. To snatch him from the Andalusian club, the The Blaugranas had to battle with Chelsea. But the choice of the Habs finally fell on the Catalans.

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“Yes, Chelsea wanted me, Koundé confirmed during his presentation on Monday. But I chose Barca because I wanted to come here. That’s why it wasn’t an effort for me to choose Barca.”

Alemany: “Jules’ agent called me every day or every other day”

During this presentation, Mateu Alemany, director of football at Barça, confirmed that the Koundé clan was determined to do business with the Catalan club.

“Jules’ agent called me every day or two for two months to find out the fair play situation, because he had very strong offers. I said to him ‘go ahead, sign’, but the player wanted to come to Barca and waited for us. His insistence was enormous. At one point I even told him not to call me again, because I didn’t know what to tell him.” The former Bordelais will finally have been right to persist.

We understand the thanks of Laporta who rewarded the patience of Jules Koundé during the presentation of the French defender.

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