Tue 04 October 2022 | 20:10

Koulibaly patiently waiting for his Chelsea chance under Potter

The Chelsea boss has yet to put Kalidou Koulibaly in the starting XI for the Blues, but the defender is positive that he will have his opportunity soon.

Kalidou Koulibaly

is certain that his “time will come” under the reign of new Chelsea boss Graham Potter, while the defender revealed that he misses his old Club Napoli although he decided to depart. The centre-back left Naples after eight years in July to join Chelsea on a deal worth £33.8million (€40m), penning a four-year contract with the Blues.

Thomas Tuchel was the one who signed the Senegal international before Todd Boehly sacked the German tactician and appointed

Graham Potter

. During the first two matches of Potter’s tenure, the player was overlooked, but he stays confident that he will get his chance.

"It's true I haven't played yet with the new manager, but I'm easy, I know my time will come,"

Koulibaly told reporters.

"We have a lot of games and I will give everything in training. I am a big worker and when I don't play, I like to put all my energy into my work.

"At the moment, I am working good and trying to give my best in training to show him he can use me on the pitch and play my first game for him."

While he stays patient to get his chance, the former Napoli defender admits that he misses his former club.

"I expected this. It is hard to move eight years of my life to come to London. I know that I have reached a big club, one of the best clubs in the world, so everything is hard,"

he continued.

"I do miss Napoli and Naples but it was my choice. I wanted to come here to London, I wanted to come and join this club, one of the best in the world.

"We knew it would be difficult, everybody says so. Even some of the best coaches in the world said so because everyone knows that to go from Italy to England is difficult.

"But I was ready to take on this challenge. At the moment, we are going through a process that is normal and I am working very hard. I like it here and I'm very happy to be there. 

"But we all have to work. I think my time will come. I am easy, I know that it's a normal process. So I have to keep on working, stay passionate and my time will come."

The Senegal international might be in Chelsea’s starting lineup when they lock horns with Milan on Wednesday.

"I think today the most important thing is that Chelsea have to win the game tomorrow because I know we didn't start well in the Champions League with a defeat and draw,"

he added.

"I am not worried about anything; I just want Chelsea to win the games as we did at the weekend.

"We showed a lot of good things this weekend and I am really happy for the team and everybody because we have a good team spirit and it's difficult when you change a manager.

"But you see this team is going up and up and I hope that tomorrow we will show a lot of good things to win the game."


source: SportMob

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