Jules Kounde wanted a move away from Sevilla in the summer, and specifically to Chelsea.
The previous year, Manchester City had made efforts to sign the player, but were knocked back by Monchi. Feeling that the player’s value wouldn’t drop, the sporting director thought it was worth keeping Kounde around for another season.
According to reports from close to the Spanish club, Chelsea came in with an offer that was less than Pep Guardiola’s side had presented a year earlier, and therefore Sevilla had no inclination for a sale.
The Frenchman now faces another year in La Liga, yet at 22-years-of-age he clearly has plenty of time to eventually get the move he wants.
Marca say Sevilla hope for the ‘best sale in their history’ when the time comes to sell the defender, so will again be pushing for an amount close to his €80m release clause.
Chelsea didn’t sign an alternative, and with Thiago Silva being a year older next summer, and out of contract in 2022, and Antonio Rudiger’s own contract situation under a big question mark, a return for Kounde looks very much on the cards.