‘I chose Sevilla over Juve’

Geoffrey Kondogbia has confirmed that he knew of Juventus’ interest in the summer, but that he chose Sevilla for a reason.

The Frenchman was linked to both the Italians and the Spanish last summer after impressing in Ligue 1 with Lens, and eventually chose the Andalucians in a €4m transfer.

“I knew of the offer from Juventus and the interest from Sevilla, and I chose to come here because Sevilla came in strong for me, they showed greater interest and I knew that I would have more opportunities here,” commented the midfielder on A Balon Parado this week.

“In Spain [compared with France], the football is more fast and technical, in my country it is more physical and slower. At first I had to work hard because I had to be quick when I had the ball. But I like this city, especially the food and the weather.

“The future? We have a very important goal to accomplish and I’m just focused on helping the team to get it.”

The 20-year-old recently picked up a four-game ban – reduced on appeal to two – for a stamp on Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa. Via Twitter, the Frenchman then accused the Brazilian of racism.

“After hearing of the sanction I was given, I wanted the truth to be known, what really happened. I have still not forgotten, but I want to turn the page because it is something that happens in football and in life.”

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