Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that Kalidou Koulibaly will not be leaving Napoli this summer, describing him as ‘the best centre-back in the world’.
The Senegalese defender is thought to feature highly among the top transfer targets of Manchester United, who are desperately in need of defensive strengthening, with Raphael Varane and Toby Alderweireld also thought to be strong candidates.
However, speaking ahead of Napoli’s 3-0 aggregate defeat to Arsenal, Carlo Ancelotti insisted that his star defender would not be leaving the Serie A club this summer.
“The best centre-back in the world? Yes. And he has more room for improvement,” he told Tuttosport.
“He’s worth €150 million and he is non-transferable.
“Koulibaly’s contract will expire in 2023. In 2021 he will have a €150 million release clause, but Napoli do not need to sell, the president does not want to sell and the question does not arise.”
As for Koulibaly himself, he seems pretty calm about his future and has insisted that he is 100 per cent committed to Gli Azzurri.
“The future? I am a Napoli player and I will give one hundred per cent to win something with this shirt,” he said.
“The market is full of talk. I prefer facts, which then help us win and become great together.”