Barcelona defender Jules Kounde has revealed his reasons for joining the Spanish side this summer because of Chelsea.
The 23-year-old was on the verge of signing for the Seville blues before Barca, who had a long-standing interest in the Frenchman, outbid the Premier League side in a £56m deal.
Kounde says it was manager Xavi who sold him when he joined the LaLiga side, having also spoken to former Blues boss Thomas Tuchel.
Speaking to French outlet L’Equipe, the defender said: “First of all, I come to a big club that has had good times and who have had less recently.
“I’m coming to a project that I wouldn’t call reconstruction because we already have a competitive team, but are in transition.
“I was interested in being part of this new wave, looking for titles and getting Barça back to where it always was, among the best clubs.
“Then there was the conversation with the coach. We mainly talked about football. I felt a real confidence from him that he had a real knowledge of me, my game and my qualities.’
“I spoke to Tuchel and also felt that he wanted me to come, but I just preferred Xavi’s speech,” he added.
With Kounde missing the first two games of the season due to Barca’s financial constraints, Kounde has been a regular in the team.
Despite starting unbeaten, Xavi’s side currently sit second in LaLiga, two points behind leaders Real Madrid after their victory in Sunday’s Madrid derby.