Kalidou Koulibaly has provided an update on his future plans, insisting he is focussed on his defensive duties with Napoli and even hinting that he could retire at the club.
Koulibaly is one of Europe’s highest-rated defenders and his future has been the subject of great speculation since he won the Serie A Best Defender award last season.
Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona are also reportedly monitoring the 29-year-old’s situation at Stadio San Paolo – but Koulibaly maintains his focus is on performing in Serie A rather than a big-money move.
He told La Gazzetta dello Sport : “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.”
When asked to expand on if he could 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.”
Koulibaly has made 27 appearances this season across all competitions and won the Coppa Italia, beating Juventus on penalties last month.
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