Jules Kounde dressed as a Barca player and offered his first press conference as a new FC Barcelona player after a few days at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. “I have a very good impression of the affection of the president, the managers and the fans. I am very happy and proud. I arrive at a big and ambitious club, and I also arrive with ambition. We are going to go for the top,” he declared.

The insistence of Xavi Hernandez  was key for the incorporation of the French center-back. The coach from Egar spoke several times with him to convince him. “They were very fluid conversations. I have always felt the affection of the coach, that he really wanted me to come. That was key because it is a very important stage of the race. He asked me to continue doing what he was doing in Sevilla. Being aggressive, coming out with the ball from behind, which are my strengths. And commitment”, underlined Kounde . “I know where I am coming from, to a very big and very demanding club.”

At Barcelona you will find a lot of competition. Piqué, Araujo, Eric, the newcomer Christensen… “There is a lot of competition. This is very good for the team. There are many parties too. The coach will decide, I’m not worried. Here I have to grow, I’m still young, and help the team at all times because of what the coach is going to ask of me. I see it well and I’m looking forward to it. When there is competition for me it is a challenge”.

Now Kounde will have to adapt although his time at Sevilla, where he has established himself, is key. “My knowledge of the league will make it easier for me to adapt. The important thing is to adapt to Barca‘s style, to what the coach asks of me, and to get to know my teammates”.

Kounde was close to Chelsea. But the center-back wanted to wait for Barca until the end when the second lever was activated. “It is true that I had another offer. The effort was to hope that Barça could reach an agreement with Sevilla. When I felt that this was possible, I chose Barca because I was very clear about where I wanted to go. It is an ambitious club and I like LaLiga. It wasn’t such an effort either because I wanted to get here,” he said.

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