Koundé: “I liked Xavi’s speech better"

Jules Koundé explains the reasons for his move to FC Barcelona. In an interview with ‘L’Équipe’, the centre-back raved about the Barça project: “I’m coming to a project that I wouldn’t call a rebuild because we already have a competitive side. I was interested in being part of this new wave that strives for titles and to bring Barça back to where it always was: among the best.” And then there was coach Xavi, who completely captivated the Frenchman: “Then we had a conversation with the coach. We mainly talked about football. I felt a real confidence, a real knowledge of my game and my qualities.”

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In addition to the Catalans, Chelsea were also very interested in Koundé’s services: “It’s true that I wasn’t far from signing there in the summer. Barça were interested but had problems. But when I got the call and felt that Barça had the opportunity to get me, I didn’t hesitate for long.” The blues coach at the time, Thomas Tuchel, also tried to convince the 23-year-old, but failed: “Yes. I also felt that he wanted to get me, but I just liked Xavi’s speech better.”

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