‘We are not broke’ — Sevilla president sends message to Chelsea

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Sevilla had played hard ball in the deal for defender Jules Kounde during the summer transfer window.

Chelsea were strongly interested in signing up the France international and the player was also interested in a move to the club.

According to reports, Chelsea made a £43million offer for the France defender in the summer, but the bid was dismissed, with Sevilla demanding for a fee in the region of £60m.

Sevilla president Jose Castro has now said that his club isn’t broke and boasted on the club’s refusal to let Kounde join Chelsea.

“To say that the club is broke is ridiculous,” Seville president Jose Castro said, according to The Sun.

“Last season we had a surplus, after a season without season tickets, without ticket sales.

“The deficit would have been resolved by selling Kounde and we showed that we are economically powerful and we will not accept €50million.

“To say that Sevilla is broke is to not have affection for the club.”

The Sun claim that Chelsea made a bid for the defender during the summer.

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