Koulibaly addresses transfer rumours amid Man Utd, Liverpool links

Kalidou Koulibaly has played down rumours linking him with a move away from Napoli this summer with Man Utd, Man City and Liverpool all linked.

The Senegal international has been consistently linked with a move to Man Utd and other Premier League clubs, with offers going in for the defender during Jose Mourinho’s time at Old Trafford

Koulibaly has been a key part of Napoli’s defence since 2014 when he swapped Belgian outfit Genk for the Serie A club, where he has amassed 239 appearances in all competitions.

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A report on Wednesday ruled out a Man Utd move for Koulibaly, while Liverpool and City are the other sides have been credited with recent interest.

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Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, Koulibaly said: “In football, you never know what happens. I never spoke to Napoli about leaving. If we have to find a solution, we will find it, but I have never talked about the transfer market.

“I also read in the newspapers about my future. But I only want to think about playing, I am 100 per cent [committed to] Napoli and it bothers me to be linked, every day, to this or that European club.

“We will see what the president (Aurelio De Laurentiis) will decide and if he proposes to extend my contract, that would allow me to end my career here.

“At the moment, I still have a three-year contract and I am not thinking of anything else but Napoli.”

On the possibility that he will retire at Napoli, Koulibaly added: “I wouldn’t say no. But I don’t want to deceive anyone. We know how things are in football. Maybe you say you stay for life and then you are sold.

“So I tell the fans that I will give 200-300 per cent while I wear this shirt. I have a special relationship with the people of Naples, a pure feeling.”


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