Jules Kounde admits he may have to leave Sevilla this summer as French defender states his desire to win major trophies amid interest from Real Madrid, Manchester United and Arsenal
Sevilla defender Jules Kounde has revealed he could look to leave the club this summer in his pursuit of winning major trophies.
The 22-year-old is one of the most sought-after centre-backs in Europe following an impressive season for Julen Lopetegui’s side.
Real Madrid and Manchester United have been long-term admirers of the Frenchman – who has been called up to Didier Deschamps’ squad for Euro 2020 this summer – while Arsenal’s interest in him was reported by The Athletic earlier this month.
Sevilla defender Jules Kounde has revealed he could look to leave the club this summer
The 22-year-old has shone under Julen Lopetegui (left) alongside Diego Carlos (right)
And speaking at a press conference at France’s Clairefontaine base, Kounde insisted that while he has not made a decision on his future, leaving his current LaLiga employers this summer remains a possibility.
‘I may have to change clubs this summer. I have not decided anything,’ Kounde said.
‘My goal is, one day, to evolve into a great club to always try to progress, win trophies. To be able to start the season each year by telling yourself that the goal is win a particular trophy. I might have to move, but that’s not relevant today.’
Kounde’s stock has risen this season having made 49 appearances for a side that finished in the Champions League places and just two points behind Barcelona.
Real Madrid have been long-term admirers of Kounde, who has been called up by France for Euro 2020
Only Atletico Madrid and city rivals Real conceded fewer league goals than Sevilla in 2020-21 as the France international formed a solid partnership with Brazilian Diego Carlos.
And when asked when he noticed he was becoming a major prospect, Kounde added: ‘I would say that perhaps when I arrived at Sevilla and started playing more and more, also with the arrival of the Champions League.
‘It has always been something in my head. I have always believed in it, I have always worked for it. To have it.
‘That objective in the sights meant that I was able to have the performances I did at Sevilla. Also thanks to this club that helped me a lot and my team-mates who always pushed me.’
Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (centre) has also kept tabs on him as a potential partner for Harry Maguire (right)
Reports last month suggested Real Madrid were keen to add Kounde to their ranks with the futures of Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos uncertain.
Los Blancos – who are yet to appoint a successor to Zinedine Zidane – confirmed the signing of David Alaba on Friday but reportedly want a partner for the Austrian.
Man United are also keeping tabs on Kounde, with an eye to pairing him up with Harry Maguire next season, but his height and £68million release clause are obstacles to a deal.
Meanwhile, reports suggest Arsenal want a new right-sided centre-back despite the return of William Saliba from his loan spell at Nice, and while Kounde is thought to be a target, a lack of European football next season could hinder their chances.
Arsenal’s interest was reported earlier this month with Mikel Arteta targeting a centre-back