Jules Koundé on snubbing Chelsea for Barcelona: “This is where I want to be”

Jules Koundé was officially unveiled as a Barcelona player at the club’s training center on Monday and spoke to the media about the lengthy process that resulted in his move to the Camp Nou.

Koundé was just one step away from a move to Chelsea before Barca joined the race and finalized a deal, and Jules confirmed reports that his priority has always been to play for the club. Blaugrana. He also spoke about Xavi Hernández’s influence on his signing and what he will look like to fit in with the Catalans.

“I had another option, but I was waiting for Barca to make a deal with Sevilla. It’s a club with an ambitious project and I like La Liga so i did my best because this is where i want to be.

“It was easy to talk to Xavi and I felt his warmth and his desire for me to sign. That was important to me. He asked me to continue what I was doing at Sevilla, be aggressive and hit the ball from behind bring out what my strengths are.

“I think my knowledge of La Liga will make things easier, but the most important thing is to adapt to the Barça style and what the coach wants.”

Jules Koude | Source: FC Barcelona

Koundé is fit to immediately participate in the training sessions and will have a chance to participate in the Joan Gamper Trophy and the opening game of the competition season on Sunday 13 August.

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