But Kounde could have been a City player had things gone a little differently. For now, he appears to be happy at Sevilla.
"I'm lucky to be at a club that competes at a very good level. We have a fantastic group of players and people.
"That wasn't a bad option, but I always told [Sevilla director of football] Monchi that I would not force anything. If everyone wasn't happy, I knew I had a contract here, playing in the Champions League".