Jules Kounde joined Barcelona over Chelsea (Image: Getty)
The Frenchman joined Barcelona in a £55m deal earlier this summer season from Sevilla, regardless of the membership’s monetary issues.
Chelsea tried to signal Kounde in 2021 however refused to satisfy a £67million launch clause within the defender’s contract.
The Blues renewed their efforts in the summertime switch window with Todd Boehly keen to bankroll unprecedented ranges of spending after his consortium’s takeover of the membership.
Tuchel held talks with Kounde and defined his imaginative and prescient for the Frenchman, who was seen as a alternative for Andreas Christsen and Antonio Rudiger.
However, although Kounde was impressed with Tuchel, he says he couldn’t reject Barcelona’s advances after chatting with Xavi a few transfer to the Camp Nou.
‘First, I come to an enormous membership, which has recognized good instances and which, currently, has had much less,’ stated Kounde.
‘I come to a mission that I might not name reconstruction, as a result of we have already got a aggressive crew, however somewhat, being upturned.
‘I used to be involved in being a part of this new wave, in quest of titles, and to place Barça again the place it has at all times been, among the many finest golf equipment.
‘Then there was the dialog with the coach. We talked about soccer, primarily. I felt an actual confidence from him, that he had an actual information of myself, my sport and my qualities.’
‘I spoke with Tuchel and I additionally felt that he wished me to return however I merely most well-liked Xavi’s speech.’
Chelsea signed Kalidou Koulibaly for a charge of round £36m earlier within the window from Napoli.
They then spent round £75m on signing Wesley Fofana from Leicester Metropolis, in a deal that’s solely been topped by the £80m Manchester United paid for Harry Maguire in 2019 for a defender.