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‘I’d like Koulibaly to stay’, says Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti

Sat 24 July 2021 | 21:54

Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti has hailed Kalidou Koulibaly and wants the defender to stay at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona despite being on the market.

Napoli

started their pre-season preparation today with a narrow 1-0 victory over the Serie C side

Pro Vercelli

thanks to a goal by

Victor Osimhen

.

Speaking in the post-match press conference,

Spalleti

was asked about a comment he made a few days ago, in which he said he would chain himself to stop

Koulibaly

from leaving.

“I want to chain myself for all the players, as I’ve already said that I will be very happy if the squad remains as it is,”

said the coach

.

“I only named Koulibaly because he’s on the market, but I’d like him to stay. I have never worked with anyone so good, not just as a player, but also as a man.”

Koulibaly

has established himself as one of the top defenders in Europe since joining Napoli from

Genk

back in 2014.

The 30-year-old has attracted a number of high-profile admirers with his performances over the years, including

Manchester United

.

It is reported Napoli will only sell Koulibaly for a minimum of €65m.

Spalletti also heaped praise on Osimhen.

“He is a player who has the ability to change any situation into an opportunity. Obviously, this running around and continually making himself available to press, it does have an effect on his sharpness in front of goal and can lead to errors.”

The Napoli boss, who replaced

Gennaro Gattuso

at Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in May, has insisted that he is against selling key players.

“This has to be a remain a strong squad, as there are at least seven in Serie A at our level right now. We need a squad that can hold out against that.

“Our intentions are to finish in the top four, we’re not hiding from that.”


source: SportMob

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