Transfer Guardiola said he loved me – Kounde speaks on snubbing Man City. Jules Kounde has admitted that before completing a summer transfer from Sevilla to Barcelona, he thought about playing for Manchester City.
Although City and Chelsea, his Premier League opponents, were interested in the 23-year-old, he chose to join with Barca in July.
Kounde made his senior debut for Bordeaux in January 2018, and since then has established himself as one of the top young defenders in Europe.
In the summer of 2020, he was closely associated with City, and he even chatted with Pep Guardiola, but a transfer never happened.
Instead, Guardiola hired Ruben Dias, who in May 2021 won Footballer of the Year honors from the Football Writers’ Association.
When El Pais questioned Kounde about whether he was close to joining the English champions, Kounde responded, “Yes, he [Guardiola] phoned me in my first year at Sevilla.
He declared his love for me and his belief that I would complement his style of playing.
This summer, City signed center-back Manuel Akanji from Borussia Dortmund, while Barcelona signed Kounde.