Tuesday Jul 14, 2020. 13:00
Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has admitted that he could be sold by Napoli at the end of the season, though he insists that he remains committed to the Italian club.
The Senegalese centre-back has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League, with new champions Liverpool and the Manchester duo listed as strong admirers of the 29-year-old.
Koulibaly has long been a beloved player at Stadio San Paolo and hopes to remain with the Neapolitans, though he also admitted that his future is really in the hands of club president Aurelio De Laurentiis – the man who will decide whether or not to cash in on a player who could well break the world record transfer fee for a defender (which currently sits at £80million paid by Man United to Leicester City for Harry Maguire).
“In football, you never know what happens. I never spoke to Napoli about leaving,” said Koulibaly, as quoted by Gazzetta dello Sport.
“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 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.”
Asked if he would ever consider spending the rest of his career at Napoli, Koulibaly replied: “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.”