Chelsea were close to signing Jules Kounde last season from Sevilla, but the Spanish side backed out from the deal at the last minute, as they tried to get more money from Chelsea.
There are still possibilities that Chelsea could go for Kounde yet again next summer, and former Chelsea midfielder Gus Poyet has raved of just how special a talent the 22-year-old is.
Poyet coached Kounde during his time as manager of French club Bordeaux in 2018, and he has revealed what makes Kounde a special player.
“Jules Kounde played 90 minutes in every game he played for me. Jules was a very good professional from a very young age – at 19, he was already assuming responsibilities,” he told Genting Casino.
“He was a guy who I connected with very well from the beginning – he had what I like from a centre-half.
“The responsibility I gave him as centre-half, with and without the ball, he understood it from the first minute, so I knew he would be very, very important for me.
“I was not surprised when he went to Sevilla for 25 million, because I knew he wanted to have an experience at a bigger club.
“And he’s already won the Europa League with Sevilla, which is fantastic and important for him as well.
“I think he’s got the quality to come to a top team in England – I’ve got no doubt. And if it’s Chelsea – even better, because I would like to see him, and I would like him to play for Chelsea.
“He wants to improve all the time, he listens to the coach, he wants to train. He is very powerful, a very special boy, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s coming to England next summer.”