Jules Kounde breaks silence on his role in the locker room’ at Barcelona

Jules Kounde breaks silence on his role in the locker room’ at Barcelona

Jules Kounde says he’s one of the leaders in the dressing room at Barcelona and has become a key player for the Catalans.

The France international signed from Sevilla in 2022 and has been a regular ever since, playing both at center-back and at right-back.

Kounde says he’s now one of the leaders at the club and can be relied on by Barca.

“I am one of Barça’s key players, one of the leaders of the locker room and, above all, I am a reliable player. That is perhaps one of the things I am most proud of,” he added.

“This season, apart from the time Gavi injured my knee when he accidentally bumped into me, I haven’t had a single physical problem to complain about.

“I am very proud of it, because it is the result of a lot of work.”

Kounde also says he’s looking forward to facing France team-mate Kylian Mbappe next season when Barcelona take on Real Madrid.

Mbappe has swapped Paris Saint-Germain for Madrid this summer and will come up against Barcelona next season in La Liga.

“That’s why I play football, for the big games, to face the best,” he told Le Parisien.

“And in that sense, Kylian is the ‘Crème de la Crème’. So he is very satisfying. But a player like Kylian Mbappé cannot be stopped alone, it requires a collective effort.

“Performing against players like that encourages you to keep going, to keep looking for more, and convinces you that if you work hard, sooner or later you will get it.”

Mbappe and Kounde are part of a France team strongly tipped to win Euro 2024 this summer in Germany. They kick off their campaign against Austria on Monday, June 17.

 

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