New Barcelona signing Jules Kounde has hailed Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernandez as one of the main reasons he switched to Barcelona.
Kounde joined Barcelona from Sevilla, and the Blaugrana beat opposition from Chelsea to sign up the 23-year-old defender.
Kounde has admitted that Xavi played a huge role in making the deal happen.
“The coach, Xavi, is one of the big reasons why I am here, too,” said the 23-year-old.
“I spoke with him several times. The way he spoke was captivating.
“We had some good conversations and we see football in the same way. Now it’s a question of coming into the team, settling in and giving my all to have as many minutes as possible and an important role in the side.”
Kounde also admitted that a move to Barcelona was a step up in his career.
“I am very proud and grateful for this opportunity,” he said.
“I am excited because I am joining a great club with a great team.
“I am looking forward to getting going with the team and giving my best. Sevilla are a great club as well, of course, but Barca represent the next step in my career at every level.
“I want to compete in all competitions and try to win as much as possible, that is why I am here.”