Jules Konde has admitted that he was affected by the fact that his proposed move to Chelsea fell through during the summer.
The Blues courted Sevilla’s defenders throughout the transfer window and were close to securing a deal before Sevilla blocked the switch in the eleventh hour.
Reports at the time indicated that Konde became furious after the move fell through and the 23-year-old confirmed that the saga took its toll in a recent interview.
“Yes, a little, but now I’ve dealt with it,” he said when asked by Telefoot if the failed transfer had affected him.
Chelsea may be forced to dive into the transfer market for defensive reinforcements again this summer with Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta and Thiago Silva all on contracts that expire at the end of the season.
If the Blues lose one (or more) of these defenders, Konde would be high on his shopping list – although 90min understands that Villarreal’s Pau Torres is also being considered.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel hinted at the club’s future transfer activity at a recent press conference, saying: “I think every transfer period needs to be re-evaluated.
“You can not say what we wanted in the summer, we do in the winter. And what we want to do in the winter, we want to do next summer. It is not like this.
“Your opinion changes, players change, you have development in the group, you have an atmosphere that you build, you see who is absolutely reliable and these connections build up and hopefully create something special in the group.
“So you can not say that what we tried in the summer did not happen so we will definitely try again in the winter.”
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