Report: Star who rejected Spurs for lack of Champions League crashed out this week

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Sevilla crashed out of the Champions League this week, failing to qualify in the top two places of their group and thus dropping into the Europa League. 

While this seems rather irrelevant for Tottenham Hotspur, who are on the brink of a potential exit from the Europa Conference League, there is actually an interesting link.

In the summer, it was reported that Tottenham had agreed a deal with Sevilla to sign central defender, Jules Kounde (Marca).

However, the player himself was said to have rejected any move as he wanted to play Champions League football this season. Fabio Paratici allegedly attempted to convince the youngster, but he eventually stayed put in La Liga.

It appears this dream was short-lived for Kounde, as Sevilla lost to RB Leipzig this week, sending them down into the second tier of European football.

If Spurs wanted to make a return for Kounde, with Antonio Conte now in charge, reports have indicated that he has a £68m release clause in his contract.

Spurs Web Opinion:

Kounde is the perfect signing to come and play on the right side of a back three as he possesses those hybrid skills somewhere between a centre-back and a right-back. However, Conte seems to prefer Romero in that role, so I can’t see Spurs returning for Kounde.

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