Sevilla captain Ivan Rakitic has said he will talk to his teammate Jules Kounde to lift his spirits after the Andalusian club rejected Chelsea’s bid for the French international.
The European champions had been heavily linked with a move for the 22-year-old defender during this summer’s transfer window but the two clubs could not reach an agreement.
The two clubs were unable to agree a fee, asSevilla
held out for the player's €80million release clause.
is planning to talk to him and hopes the 22-year-old can move on quickly.
"Hopefully, on his return from his national team, we can have a moment to be able to talk, sincerely, so that he knows that he has the confidence of us, that we are his second family," Rakitic said in a wide-ranging interview with ELDesmarque.
"It is very important to us. The first thing we need is for him to feel at ease, to be at his best and to know that everything we do, we do together."
Rakitic wants Kounde to kick on again and show his quality.
"He is a boy, 22 years old, very young," Rakitic added. "He has been here for some spectacular years, that's why he attracts the interest of big clubs with those amounts.
"He has earned that with his game. The most important thing is that he understands that this has already happened.
"Besides being young, he has a lot of experience. He no longer has to teach anything to anyone. He is already a well-rounded player.
"He still has to improve, of course, but he has to continue to enjoy football. It doesn't help him now to be down, sad, or angry. He has to lift his spirits."
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