Jules Kounde is sort of a Chelsea participant.
The Sevilla star was one among LaLiga’s standout defenders final season as they secured a powerful fourth-placed end and stories declare he’s shifting nearer to Stamford Bridge.
Kounde goes from energy to energy as a modern-day defender
The 22-year-old’s strongest place is as a centre-half, however he is ready to play at right-back if wanted.
Chelsea have offered central defenders Fikayo Tomori and Marc Guehi to AC Milan and Crystal Palace, respectively, whereas Kurt Zouma’s future stays unsure amid curiosity from Tottenham and he might probably transfer to Sevilla as a part of a swap deal.
Zouma’s departure would depart Blues boss Thomas Tuchel with Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger as his recognised central defenders.
Proper-backs Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James additionally featured within the back-three at instances final season.
Kounde made his senior France debut at Euro 2020
Nevertheless, the right-sided centre-back place appears to be completely suited to Kounde.
Since becoming a member of Sevilla from Bordeaux in 2019, he has showcased unbelievable pace, means on the ball and good positional sense – three ultimate qualities for a centre-half.
These abilities had been observed by France boss Didier Deschamps who included Kounde in his Euro 2020 squad, regardless of by no means capping him beforehand.
He was performed at right-back in a substitute look towards Wales, earlier than beginning in the identical place in a 2-2 draw with Portugal within the group phases.
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Regardless of being a centre-half by commerce, Kounde has been referred to as ‘Cafu’ – one among soccer’s best ever right-backs – by his Sevilla teammates.
Explaining the nickname, Sevilla defender Diego Carlos mentioned: “In coaching Jules takes the ball on the facet, runs out and we shout, ‘there goes Cafu!’
“He goes and doesn’t come again, he advances till he finishes and scores.
“He’s a boy who can trip. He has lots of energy and energy in his legs.”
Kounde scored an excellent objective towards Barcelona within the Copa del Rey final season
Kounde is a big-game participant, too, and chips in with essential targets from time to time.
He scored a superb solo objective in a 2-0 win over Barcelona by beating three gamers earlier than firing previous Marc-Andre ter Stegen final season.
Whereas Kounde has a number of strengths, his 5ft 10ins body for a centre-back has appeared to fret a piece of Chelsea followers.
Nevertheless, Kounde received three aerial duels per recreation within the 2020/21 LaLiga season and relishes going up towards taller gamers.
He mentioned: “I win extra head-to-head duels than Sergio Ramos as a result of the opponents don’t dare play lengthy on Ramos.
“They have to say to themselves, ‘It’s Jules Kounde, he’s not tall, we’re going to take him down within the air’.
Azpilicueta is identical peak as Kounde and has been a revelation at Chelsea
“I’m typically focused, I really feel it. And generally, it’s identified to me. After video games, I’m typically informed that.
“After I watch my matches once more, I realise that I play much more aerial duels than the others. They are saying to themselves, ‘will probably be simpler towards Kounde’, and that motivates me.”
Kounde is true too, final season he received 63.8 per cent of his aerial duels, Ramos received 56.9 per cent, regardless of being concerned in 134 greater than the Spaniard.
Man Metropolis had been closely linked with a transfer for Kounde final summer time, earlier than Pep Guardiola opted to usher in Ruben Dias for £61.2m as a substitute.
However Sevilla sporting director Monchi revealed the membership turned down a ‘magnificent provide’ for his or her star man final yr, rumoured to be from Metropolis.
He mentioned: “We did what we thought was honest and in defence of the pursuits of the membership, additionally in an bold means, as a result of many individuals would have chosen to simply accept that provide.
“We worth execs and cons and consider within the participant, that has been key. We consider within the projection of a participant with lots of floor to make up.
Man Metropolis ended up signing Dias over Kounde
“Regardless of it being a powerful provide, very, superb, it didn’t fulfill the requests or what we considered the participant.
“Maybe it was not what he was price, as a result of presumably that provide was near what he was price at that second however we additionally have to consider what he may be price [in the future].”
Kounde has a £68million launch clause in his contract, which runs for an additional three years.
And it’s no shock to see that Tuchel has made him his No.1 defensive goal as Chelsea look to mount a Premier League title problem for the upcoming season.