As per ESPN research, Jules Koundé is closely followed by Real Madrid. The 21-year-old defender enjoyed a fantastic season under former Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui with Sevilla. Last season Zinedine Zidane was interested in the French player-while Varane and Ramos are his center-backs of the first choice. Zizou is intent on keeping its options open until next season.

Although Eder Militao was signed last summer from Porto, Madrid is still searching for a center-back. Jesus Vallejo will be leaving the club this summer and it’s still unknown what’s going to happen to Nacho, who was hardly featured in last season under Zidane. And, understandably, Koundé is of interest to the club.

The French player has formed one of LaLiga ‘s strongest central defensive partnerships with Diego Carlos, who has impressed last season with his performances, too. Zidane was impressed with the tactical mind and intellect of Koundé, as well as with his positioning and pace-a attribute that Real Madrid looks for in a central defender.

Madrid keeps both players highly regarded given the fact that Zidane likes Koundé as young and can only strengthen.

Madrid knows they aren’t alone in their involvement in Koundé-a number of top European clubs are tracking him down. Madrid is not preparing to make any major signatures this summer and it will cost 35 million euros to carry France Under-21 international to the capital – an amount that may quickly increase, and Koundé is under contract until June 2024.

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