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Real Madrid Among Clubs Hoping To Land This La Liga Defender: Good Fit For Ancelotti?

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In a recent tweet, Sky Sport reporter Florian Plettenberg mentioned that Real Madrid are among clubs hoping to land Sevilla defender Jules Kounde. It is understood that Los Blancos could face competition in the form of Barcelona and Chelsea in pursuit of the French centre-back in the summer.

Kounde’s Growing Influence At The Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium

Kounde is experiencing a solid campaign in French football after putting in some dominant displays at the heart of Sevilla’s backline. The 23-year-old has been involved in 30 matches for the Spanish outfit this season, scoring one goal and grabbing one assist in all competitions.

The Paris-born talent has proven himself to be a rock at the back for the Andalusian outfit based on his average of 1.1 tackles, 0.7 interceptions and 2.8 clearances per 90 minutes in La Liga. He has even been tidy when distributing the ball from inside his half as he has completed 89% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

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France’s defender Jules Kounde gives a press conference in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines on November 11, 2021 as part of the team’s preparation for the upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifying matches. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)
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Is Kounde A Good Fit For Real Madrid?

Kounde is a solid tackler of the ball and can sense the danger quickly to make some crucial interceptions on the defensive end of the pitch. He can clear the danger when the opposition are on the offensive and is also proficient at playing his way out from the back.

The French sensation has established himself as a rock at the back for Sevilla over the past 18 months. Thus, Real Madrid will do well to bring Kounde to the Spanish capital when the transfer window commences at the end of this campaign.

Kounde will add a lot of bite and steel to Carlo Ancelotti‘s defensive department and could enhance the overall quality of the Italian tactician’s first XI. Plus, he has what it takes to help Los Blancos challenge for some top honours in the coming seasons.

All in all, the Sevilla star will be a decent fit for the Madrid giants as long as they are willing to play him regularly in the future. We can expect Kounde to form a solid defensive partnership with David Alaba at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium over the next few years.

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