Sevilla chief warns rivals off Kounde bid
Sevilla president Jose Castro says there are no big financial problems at the club and, as a result, they will not be selling Jules Kounde for anything less than their valuation.
The La Liga club are currently second in the table after a 5-3 thriller against Levante at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and can be backed at 5/6 to beat Mallorca in midweek, while they are 12121/1 to win the Copa del Rey.
Star of the future
Kounde has been in sensational form over the past couple of years and his reputation has certainly increased after some great performances.
He played 49 times across all competition for Julen Lopetegui's side last season, scoring four goals, while in the 2019-20 campaign he helped the club win the Europa League.
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To say that the club is ruined is ridiculous.Jose Castro
The 22-year-old's form led to a France debut in June and he was selected by Didier Deschamps for their Euro 2020 squad.
Several clubs were rumoured to be interested in a summer move, with Chelsea apparently leading the queue. Bids were submitted by the Blues but the deal ultimately never went through. However, he continues to draw plenty of interest.
Castro rebukes Del Nido comments
Earlier this week, former club president Jose Maria del Nido gave suitors a boost by claiming the club were "ruined" financially and would have let Kounde go.
However, Castro has rebuffed those claims and says any club will have to pay big money to secure Kounde.
"To say that the club is ruined is ridiculous," Castro told AS. "Last season we had a surplus, after a season without season tickets or ticket sales.
"Yes, the losses would have been solved by selling Kounde, but we showed that we are financially powerful by not accepting €50m. To say that the club is ruined is not caring for the club."