Jules Koundé looked set to join Chelsea this summer, and we spent practically all of August assuming that he would. Evidently, he spent much of that time doing the same, including at one point excusing himself from his team, even, in anticipation of the move.
But clearly that move never quite materialized, with the two teams unable to agree on a price even after Kurt Zouma’s departure freed up a spot. Koundé’s loss has been Trevoh Chalobah’s gain, and we’re all certainly quite happy about that, but Koundé himself isn’t admitting defeat in this saga.
He may be stuck at Sevilla for another season (or at least half), but he’s looking to make the most of the situation to his own, and the team’s benefit — possibly in that order.
“We all know it was a lively summer. Now it is over.
“I am concentrating on the team, on what I have to do. The team needs me and I need the team to perform at our best.
“At the moment, I am happy with the results, with how I am playing, though I have a lot of room to improve and to have a more complete season than last season.”
-Jules Koundé; source: Football-España
And so far, the plan is working. Sevilla, who take on VfL Wolfsburg today, are unbeaten through seven games in all competitions, with Koundé featuring in six of those. If the 22-year-old keeps that up, he just might end up joining us as an even better player indeed!