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Sevilla defender Jules Kounde flattered by Manchester City interest

Jules Kounde flattered by Man City interest
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Sevilla defender Jules Kounde admits that he was "flattered" to receive interest from Manchester City during the summer transfer window.

Sevilla defender Jules Kounde has acknowledged that he was "flattered" when Manchester City made a move for his services in the summer.

Having helped Sevilla to the Europa League trophy during his first year at the club, the Frenchman was inevitably linked with a move to another top side.

Man City were one of the teams who were keen on the 21-year-old before they eventually wrapped up a deal for Benfica's Ruben Dias.

Despite a transfer failing to materialise, Kounde has revealed that he remains "very calm" about the next phase of his career.

Speaking to Sevilla FC TV, the centre-back said: "The interest of a club like City is always a good thing, but I'm at Sevilla and I'm very calm.

"I'm lucky to be at a club that competes at a very good level. We have a fantastic group of players and people. That wasn't a bad option, but I always told (director of football) Monchi that I would not force anything.

"If everyone wasn't happy, I knew I had a contract here, playing in the Champions League."

Kounde penned a five-year deal when leaving Bordeaux for a fee in the region of £22.5m.

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