Jules Kounde reveals anguish at missing out on Chelsea transfer after Sevilla upped asking price

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Jules Kounde reveals anguish at missing out on Chelsea transfer after Sevilla upped asking price
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Jules Kounde has confessed to being “hurt” by the collapse of his transfer to Chelsea in the summer.

Sevilla demanded £68million for the France international during the Blues’ hunt for a central defender, scuppering what appeared to be a done deal late in the window.

It was reported at the time that Kounde wanted the move and he has confirmed his disappointment at its collapse.

"The failed move to London this summer hurt me a little, I can't hide it,” he told TF1.

“But it's in the past, it's a moment that I have now digested.”

Chelsea could go back in for Kounde in January or next summer, as reported by Standard Sport in September, although the emergence of Trevoh Chalobah has eased Thomas Tuchel’s defensive dilemma.

Andreas Christensen is nearing a new contract with Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta’s deals also expiring at the end of the season.

Kounde continues to impress in Spain and Sevilla are third in LaLiga. Coach Julen Lopetegui insisted after the deal’s collapse that the club were right to push for the player’s full release clause.

Lopetegui stated: “Kounde in the end stayed because the club has decided that it was the right thing to do based on the evaluation of the offers they may have had.

“For me, as a coach, that Jules stays is positive. With the evolution he has had in these two years, it is positive, without any doubt.”

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