Kalidou Koulibaly

Koulibaly admits he is unsure if he will be at Napoli next season amid transfer speculation

Kalidou Koulibaly admits he is unsure whether he will still be at Napoli next season, amid speculation the defender could leave the club this summer.

The Senegalese international has emerged as one of the most coveted defenders in Europe following five impressive seasons in Serie A, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus all having been linked with a move for the highly-rated centre-back.

The 28-year-old is currently with the national team at this summer’s African Cup of Nations, admitting his future will be decided at the conclusion of the tournament.

“I don’t know [if I’ll still be at Napoli next year], I think so,” he told Goal following Senegal’s 2-0 win over Tanzania. “But I have to play the Afcon and then after that I’ll go back to Napoli.

“Everyone’s speaking about me, but I’m only speaking about Senegal, because that’s my objective today and I want to achieve something big with Senegal.”

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Senegal are amongst the favourites to win the trophy for the first time in the nation’s history, with Koulibaly and Liverpool forward Sadio Mane amongst their key players.

Koulibaly, who is reportedly valued at €120 million, insists talk of a potential transfer can wait until after the tournament, the defender saying he is concentrating solely on achieving success with Senegal.

“I don’t want to talk about my future today, I prefer to talk about Senegal,” he added.

“Senegal achieved something great today. I am 200 per cent with Senegal and 200 per cent with the 15 million Senegalese people.

“I’m relaxed, I want to focus on the Afcon and after that return to Napoli and we’ll see what happens.

“The most important thing now is to win with Senegal.”

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