Jules Kounde picked Barcelona transfer over Chelsea due to ‘consistent project and coach he likes’, claims Joan Laporta

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JULES KOUNDE rejected a switch to Chelsea in favour for Barcelona due to their project and boss Xavi.

That is according to Blaugrana president Joan Laporta who has declared he was always confident of beating the Blues to his signature.

The West London outfit had agreed a £55million deal with Sevilla for the French centre-back.

But the 23-year-old only had eyes for the Catalan club as he put pen-to-paper on a five-year deal at the Nou Camp.

And Laporta has insisted that the defender only ever wanted to make the move to the LaLiga giants.

Speaking to CBS Sports, he was asked whether he thought Chelsea had won the race to secure Kounde’s services.

To which he said: “The player preferred Barcelona because he understood we have a consistent project with a coach he likes.

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