Jules Kounde and Jordi Alba awkwardly reunited after the Barcelona deal was approved.
Barcelona beat Chelsea by signing Sevilla defender Jules Kounde – but the Frenchman may have an awkward reunion with Nou Camp veteran Jordi Alba.
Barcelona have come out on top in the competition to sign Sevilla star Jules Kounde – however he could be set for an off-kilter gathering with Jordi Alba once he ventures through the entryways at the Nou Camp.
Kounde had been at the focal point of a back-and-forth all through the late spring, with Barcelona and Chelsea both competing for his mark. Yet, eventually, the Frenchman chose to remain in La Liga with Barca as opposed to moving to the Premier League, putting pen to paper on a five-year manage the Catalan club.
The 23-year-old will consider veteran star Alba as a part of his colleagues at the Nou Camp, however it very well may be something of a chilly gathering when the pair run into each other in preparing interestingly.
Kounde and Alba had a red hot disagreement when Barcelona met Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan last December. Kounde was sent for an early shower as he let his attitude get the better of him during a crotchety challenge.
Subsequent to shepherding the ball out of play for a toss in, Kounde got a push in the back from Alba as he went to recover it. That didn’t go down especially well with the Sevilla safeguard, who got the ball and terminated it straight into the heading of Alba’s face from short proximity.
Replays seemed to show the ball hitting Alba on the shoulder as opposed to the face. In any case, that didn’t make any difference as the Spain star hit the deck like a sack of Spanish spuds, giving the ref little choice yet to provide Kounde his walking orders.
Presently they’re set for a possibly off-kilter gathering after Barcelona affirmed that an understanding had been arrived at on a basic level for Kounde. Talking following affirmation of his £46million move, Kounde uncovered why he decided on the Nou Camp over Stamford Bridge.
Will be interesting to see Alba and Koundé meeting each other on the first day 🤣 pic.twitter.com/4q6CEzYoxr— TheBarcaAddict (@TheBarcaAddict) July 23, 2022
“The mentor, Xavi, is one of the main justifications for why I am here, as well,” the 23-year-old said. “I talked with him a few times. The manner in which he talked was spellbinding. We had a few decent discussions and we see football similarly. Presently it’s an issue of coming into the group, getting comfortable and doing my absolute best to have whatever number minutes as could be expected under the circumstances and a significant job in the side.”
Kounde accepted his walking orders on 64 minutes, however his side pretty much hung on for a 1-1 draw, with Ousmane Dembele stirring things up around town in final part stoppage-time.
Sevilla proceeded to complete fourth in La Liga last season, booking themselves a spot in the 2022/23 Champions League.
The impending effort might be an intense one for them, however, as they’ll be without both Kounde and his previous focus back accomplice Diego Carlos, who has joined Aston Villa.