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Chelsea target Jules Kounde is ‘furious and ignoring Sevilla calls’ over blocked transfer

Jules Kounde is reportedly furious with Sevilla for blocking his move to Chelsea and the 22-year-old is now allegedly ignoring calls from his manager Julen Lopetegui and the club’s sporting director Monchi.

Chelsea were keen to sign the ball-playing defender as a replacement for Kurt Zouma following his move to West Ham and told Sevilla they were willing to pay £47million to land the centre-back in the final days of the transfer window. Yet Monchi was clear during a press conference earlier this week that Chelsea would have to pay Kounde’s full release clause to secure a deal.

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The Blues then walked away from negotiations after turning their noses up at the full £68m figure and Sevilla did not hear from them again.

Kounde was left out of the Sevilla squad travelling to Elche last weekend ahead of a potential move to Stamford Bridge with the Andalusian club cautious the player was not in the right frame of mind to feature. That is understood to have frustrated Kounde, who was then left awaiting the green light to join Chelsea but it never came.

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Reports in Spain have now emerged claiming Kounde is totally ignoring Sevilla out of fury.

The young defender was in action for France last night in Strasbourg and was shown a straight red card for a tackle on Sead Kolasinac in the 1-1 draw with Bosnia.

The Arsenal defender was forced off with suspected ankle ligament damage as Kounde’s frustrations off the field continued on it.

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