Jules Kounde outlined his intention to win titles with Barcelona after finally making his long-awaited debut in the 4-0 victory over Real Valladolid on Saturday.
The defensive acquisition from Sevilla has had to be patient to make his bow, missing the opening two LaLiga matches against Rayo Vallecano and Real Sociedad as he was not registered.
Barcelona were unable to register further additions due to their delicate financial situation, with LaLiga requiring outgoing deals before he could officially join the ranks, but an agreement was reached ahead of the third game of the season.
Kounde immediately slotted into Xavi’s defence for the 4-0 win, winning three of four duels, regaining possession on five occasions and misplacing just four of 58 attempted passes.
Now set for a big week, returning to former employers Sevilla next weekend before the club begin their Champions League campaign, Kounde has made it clear he wants to win trophies with the club.
“I have not played a lot, but I feel very good. I still need a while to get back to my best level,” he said.
“I have come to Barca to win titles and to continue growing.”
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Kounde was utilised on the right side of defence for his debut and, while his preference is to play centrally, is happy to fill in wherever necessary.
“My main position is centre-back, but if the coach wants me to play on the right, then I will do my best to help the team,” he said.
Head coach Xavi heaped praise upon the Frenchman, expressing his belief that he can become a crucial asset for the future as well as providing an immediate impact.
“When we talk about Kounde, we’re speaking about a player that can mark an era at Barca,” he said.
“He can do everything, play out from the back, has personality, leadership, can play in any defensive position. We’ve made a great signing.”