Tuchel confirms Chelsea tried to signal Kounde earlier than switch window closed

The Blues finally fell brief of their pursuit of Sevilla’s France worldwide, however did signal Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has confirmed his aspect aimed to signal Sevilla defender Jules Kounde previous to the shut of the summer time switch window.

The Blues finally did not prise the 22-year-old away from Sevilla, with the Liga aspect holding on to their highly-rated France worldwide.

Chelsea did handle one deadline-day addition from Spain, signing Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid on mortgage.

What has been stated?

“It was clear we tried for Kounde and Saul and it was very, very late however it was a really, very easy switch window as a result of I had full focus on coaching and on my workforce,” Tuchel stated.

“The quantity of help of (technical and efficiency advisor) Petr Cech as a hyperlink, and along with Marina [Granovskaia, Chelsea director], was implausible, so it was fairly relaxed with a great final result as a result of in the long run it was doable so as to add Saul into the group, which was a key place for us to have extra alternate options and to not put all of the strain on the three guys’ shoulders.

“So there’s a whole lot of competitors now happening and it is my job to be a great moderator.”

Why did not Chelsea signal Kounde?

Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui has stated that golf equipment didn’t meet his aspect’s valuation of his star defender.

“Kounde in the long run has stayed as a result of the membership has determined that it was the proper factor to do based mostly on the analysis of the gives they might have had,” he advised Diario de Sevilla.

Sevilla sporting director Monchi stated final week that Kounde would solely depart if an membership paid his €80 million (£68m/$95m) launch clause.

Chelsea might return with one other bid for Kounde within the winter or subsequent summer time, with the defender’s present contract set to run out in 2024.

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