Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui insisted that he is happy to keep Jules Kounde in his team, despite the centre-back’s previously admitting his desire to join Chelsea.
A few days ago, Sevilla sporting director Monchi already detailed how they failed to reach an agreement with Chelsea over a proposed deal for Kounde.
Chelsea were not the only club interested in Kounde, but they seem to be the only team to attract Kounde, Monchi claimed.
“Most of them rejected by the player himself, and there was a club that he liked, which was Chelsea,” the Sevilla sporting director told the reporters earlier this week about transfer interest in Kounde (via Marca).
However, Chelsea’s initial offer did not satisfy Sevilla, which included a condition that they would have to sell a player (Kurt Zouma) first.
Monchi also said that Sevilla then sent Chelsea a counter-offer, which the English club did not respond to.
According to The Athletic journalist Simon Johnson, Chelsea were not happy about Sevilla’s increasing their demands very late — which might refer to Sevilla’s counter-offer Monchi mentioned.
Lopetegui has now had his say about the situation, describing the conclusion of the transfer saga as “positive” from a manager’s perspective.
“In the end, Kounde has 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,” the Sevilla boss told Diario de Sevilla.
“For me, as a coach, the fact that Jules is staying is positive, without any doubt.
“Squads are made up in all positions and the fact that Jules is here, with the evolution he has had over the last two years, is positive.”