Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf backs Blues decision for Jules Kounde as he hails Sevilla defender as a “warrior” who has “everything”
- Frank Lebouef hinted Jules Kounde might not start for Chelsea if he joins the Blues
- Chelsea reportedly willing to offer Kurt Zouma as part of Kounde deal
- Real Madrid and Manchester United are also said to be interested in Kounde
- Sevilla reportedly not consider bid lower than Kounde’s £ 68million release clause
Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf described Blues target Jules Kounde as a “warrior” who “has it all”.
The 22-year-old Sevilla center-back has become one of the continent’s best young defenders, since joining La Liga first team in 2019.
According to Goal.com Chelsea have opened talks with Sevilla over a transfer for Kounde and Leboeuf is adamant he would be a good signing for his former club, but has also hinted that he will not be walking directly on Thomas Tuchel’s side.
Chelsea are said to be in talks to sign Sevilla center-back Jules Kounde, 22
Frank Leboeuf hailed Koundé as a ‘warrior’ and said he would be a fantastic signing for Chelsea
“He’s (Koundé) a fantastic player,” said Lebouef ESPN. ‘He has got everything. He’s a warrior. He never gives up. He has got everything. He is the future for sure.
“Maybe it’s an opportunity for Chelsea to maybe not have it this season, but next season.
“I don’t know what Kounde wants to do with his life, if he’s ready to be on the bench more than he thinks he is. It’s up to him to decide. It would be a good signing for Chelsea.
The Blues are said to be willing to offer Kurt Zouma as part of the deal to sign the Frenchman, but Sevilla are refusing to let him leave the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium for less than his £ 68million release clause.
The Blues are said to be willing to offer Kurt Zouma as part of the Kounde agreement
It’s unclear if Chelsea would be willing to spend such a large sum on Kounde, especially since they have also been linked with a successful move for Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku.
Real Madrid and Manchester United are also reportedly interested in Kounde, with both clubs considering an approach.
The Frenchman has made 89 appearances in all competitions for Sevilla since his debut two years ago, and was part of the squad that won the Europa League in 2020. Koundé also made his debut for the senior France squad earlier this year, and was part of their squad for Euro 2020.
The talented center-back scored six goals and two assists for Sevilla last season to help them finish fourth in La Liga.