Kounde refuses his new position in Barcelona

In his talks with Xavi prior to signing with FC Barcelona, ​​Jules Kounde made it clear that his plans are not to play as a right-back, a position he held from time to time in Seville and which he could now find himself in now that Xavi does not have a specific player who has complete confidence in this position. .

However, the central defender, a player with strong convictions, made it clear to his coach that he is not interested in playing at right-back. That his goal is to play as a central defender, in addition, he will go to the World Cup with France and will play in the same position.

Kounde does not feel comfortable on the right side. In this position, which he occupied in his debut for Deschamps against Wales in June 2021 and played his first official match against Portugal in the European Championship, he was sent off with the national team in a match against Bosnia and was replaced in the last official match, against Croatia, with Pavard in first half.

One of the reasons Conde ruled out signing for Chelsea was a conversation with Tuchel that the German coach made him see as a right-back if Azpilicueta finally left for Barcelona. That brought back the French, who found more flexibility in Xavi when he presented the idea. Currently, Kounde made his debut in Joan Gamper as a central defender.

That is why, at this time, Barcelona has a problem on the right side. Coach Sergio Dest was left off the list in a clear message that he didn’t want him in the squad. The American is looking for a new club. On the side played Ronald Araujo, who performed well in specific situations but on Saturday showed his limits to advance through the area with the ball.

“I’m here to help and if they put me there, I do my best,” he said after the match against Rayo. However, the Uruguayan feels more comfortable working as a central defender.

As a professional, Kounde wouldn’t refuse to play in that position if there was a need, but what is clear to him is that he doesn’t want that to happen as a general rule.

And since Sergi Roberto is not the sure-footed player Xavi would expect in this position either, Barcelona will have to start, almost against the clock, in search of a new right-back.

Source: AS