Sunday Sep 20, 2020. 09:00
France-born Beninese defender Jules Kounde is determined to stay at Sevilla amidst reported interest from Real Madrid and Manchester City.
The highly-rated defender, who is eligible to play for Benin, has reportedly been on the radar of Spanish champions Real since last season after impressing at Spain’s Sevilla.
Former English champions City have registered interest in the 21-year-old player in recent weeks according to Sky Sports News.
However, Kounde has reiterated his commitment to Sevilla and he looks ready to turn down offers from big European clubs.
“I am a Sevilla player, I’m fine here. There is a phrase that we repeat a lot and sometimes it seems that it is said without thinking, but the reality is that in the world of football we never know what will happen,” Kounde said on Goal.
“At the moment I am a Sevilla player and I’m very focused on what we have to do as a team. I’m staying at Sevilla.
“Right now I don’t think about a long-term future, what I know is that I’m happy at Sevilla and very grateful because it is an honour to be in this club, in which I have grown a lot. I am happy.”
Kounde helped Sevilla clinch the 2019/20 UEFA Europa League title and he was included in the Squad of the Season.
“I have grown a lot, I have improved in many things, such as my concentration, an aspect in which I have improved a lot, and also technically,” he added.
“When I arrived I needed some time to adapt since we play faster here and the squad is different, with more quality than the team I came from.
“I have also grown in the aerial game and tactically because we watch a lot of videos and I talk a lot with the coach and the coaching staff,” he said.
“My goal every year is to grow as a footballer and progress. It’s what motivates me.”