Jules Kounde will set himself “no limits” at Barcelona following his transfer from Sevilla, while revealing his famed goal celebration is a tribute to basketball legend Kobe Bryant.
The France international sealed a switch to Camp Nou on Thursday, having held out on a lengthy courtship from Chelsea, to become the latest big-name capture amid Xavi’s squad revival.
Kounde joins the litany of players to arrive at the Catalan outfit this close season, following the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie through the door.
But despite the rarefied company the centre-back finds himself in, he intends to not allow himself to be limited in comparison and is determined to compete alongside the best to prove his place.
“I’m very proud, very thankful for this opportunity,” he stated. “I’m very excited because I’m arriving at a great club with a great team.
“Sevilla is a great club but I think that Barca are the next step in my career at every level, personally and in terms of football, and I’m very excited about this.
“I want to compete in every competition to win, to try and win as much as possible in terms of trophies and games – that’s why I’m here.
“I have objectives of course but I set myself no limits. I want to progress at a team level, and individually I want to grow and learn.
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“This is a club with great players. Many of them have won trophies before, so I’m going to listen and learn and do the best I can.”
Kounde also expanded upon his recognisable goal celebration, and revealed it stems from his love for basketball, in particular the late Los Angeles Lakers star Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash in 2020.
“That celebration is because I love basketball and especially Kobe Bryant,” the Frenchman added. “It’s the ‘black mamba’ and it’s a tribute to him.”
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