Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti has changed his tune about the potential departure of Kalidou Koulibaly.
Ahead of Napoli’s Europa League quarter-final with Arsenal earlier this month, the former Chelsea boss insisted that the Senegalese defender would not be sold under any circumstance, citing a €150 million release clause in his contract which doesn’t become active until 2021.
However, when asked about the futures of Koulibaly and Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne, the Italian has now seemed to have softened his stance, saying that he would never block a players departure if they wanted to leave the club.
“We don’t need to sell our best players,” Ancelotti reportedly said. “We can sign new players following our ideas.
“However, I am not going to block who wants to leave, I’ve never done it in my career.”
Koulibaly has strongly been linked with a move to Manchester United in recent months as the Red Devils look bolster their shoddy back line, something which Jose Mourinho had been trying to do last summer, but to no avail.
Insigne, who recently hinted at an exit, has been linked with moves to Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool in recent weeks although Jurgen Klopp has since come out and said that the title challengers will ‘not even try’ to sign the attacker in the summer.