Lopetegui expects Kounde development
Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui is delighted to have been able to hold onto star defender Jules Kounde and insists he is a player that will continue to develop.
Rojiblancos finished fourth in La Liga last season and are 8/1 to be crowned champions this time around after collecting seven points from their first three fixtures.
Influential defender Kounde was heavily linked with a summer move to Premier League big spenders Chelsea, but the Blues were unable to meet Sevilla's demands.
The 22-year-old French international joined Sevilla in 2019 from Ligue 1 side Bordeaux on a five-year deal for a fee of £25 million.
Kounde has since featured 65 times for Sevilla and his excellent performances for the Spanish sider were rewarded with a spot in Didier Deschamps French squad for Euro 2020.
The young centre-back was reportedly devastated not to have sealed a move to Stamford Bridge, but Lopetegui is thrilled he has stayed put and hopes he can continue to progress.
Speaking to Diario de Sevilla, Lopetegui said: "Kounde in the end has stayed because the club has decided that it was the right thing to do based on the evaluation of the offers they may have had.
"And for me, as a coach, that Jules stays is positive, without any doubt. The templates are made in all positions and that Jules is there, with the evolution he has had in these two years, it is positive, without any doubt."
He added: "We trust that he continues to grow with us and, above all, to perform, which is the most important thing."