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Koulibaly ‘pleased’ at desire, but eager to stay with Napoli

Napoli’s Senegalese defender Kalidouy Koulibaly has admitted that he is “pleased” by the transfer desire demonstrated in him, but adds that he has no need to leave the Stadio San Paolo.

The 27-year-old Teranga Lions sweeper is regarded as a person of the most effective players in his position in world football.

He has been strongly linked with a go to Manchester United, with speculation rife that the Red Devils are geared up to break the world transfer rate for a defender (currently £75m, which observed Virgil van Dijk leave Southampton for Liverpool) to indication Koulibaly.

It has also been uncovered that interim United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer assigned his major scout Jim Lawlor to view the defender in a – Serie A draw at Fiorentina previously in the month.

Koulibaly has admitted currently being flattered at report linking him to United and other key European sides.

“My upcoming? I never know if I’m a person of the strongest defenders. I generally consider to give my most effective,” Koulibaly informed Rai Sport. “Since I’m below, I generally consider to mature with Napoli. I have a whole lot of enthusiasm to go on and I want to continue to keep doing this.

“I am happy that numerous groups adhere to me, but I want to exhibit on the field that I am at the degree of the best and I want to display it in the upcoming.”

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Kalidou Koulibaly – Senegal’s finest named in Italy Team of the Year – 2018 FIFA World Cup


Kalidou Koulibaly, Napoli

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 28, 2017. 13:00


As he continues to help Italian Serie A giants Napoli to challenge for the Serie A title, Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly has been named in the Serie A Team of the Year.

Together with the likes of Juventus and former Azzurri goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, the Lions of Teranga centre back has been included in the Best XI.

With Koulibaly’s excellent displays, Napoli have conceded nine goals and scored 35 as they lead the Serie A table with 38 points from 14 matches.

They are yet to lose this term and together with AS Roma, are the only two teams with a good defensive record after conceding less than 10 goals so far.

An inclusion in the team of the year comes as a massive boost for the 26-year-old defender who will hope to lead the side to glory come the end of the campaign.

Apart from Buffon, Koulibaly has been named in the Best XI with six Juve players teammates from last season such as Leonardo Bonucci, Alex Sandro, Dani Alves, Miralem Pjanic, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala.

Napoli has Koulibaly, Marek Hamsik and Dries Merten in the squad whilst Roma’s Radja Nainggolan completes the squad and Maurizio Sarri is named the Coach of The Year.

Fresh from a 1-0 win over Udinese last weekend, they will now turn their focus to the tie against Juventus on Friday, December 1 at home.

Manager Sarri will want to bag a win and will count on Kalidou and company to secure another clean sheet to consolidate their top spot.



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Kalidou Koulibaly – Condemns slavery in Libya – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 21, 2017. 13:00


Joining the likes of Manchester United‘s Paul Pogba in supporting the victims of slavery in Libya, Senegal’s Kalidou Koulibaly has also expressed his outrage.

The Napoli defender in the Italian Serie A has joined many voices around the world in condemning the acts of slavery.

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Koulibaly took to Twitter following an investigation by CNN last week where it revealed the troubling extent to which migrants are being auctioned into slavery in the North African country.

The probe prompted a number of footballers such as Pogba who said his prayers go to those suffering from slavery.

“While very happy to be back, my prayers go to those suffering slavery in #Libya. May Allah be by your side and may this cruelty come to an end!,” Pogba tweeted.

Apart from the Red Devils anchorman, Cote d’Ivoire’s Cheick Doukure also paid tributes to the victirms after scoring for Levante in the Spanish La Liga against Las Palmas.

“All my thoughts are with the slaves in Libya #stopslavery,” Doukoure tweeted alongside pictures of a cross-armed celebration.

The Napoli centre back also added his voice, urging black brothers and sisters to stop violating human rights.



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Kalidou Koulibaly – Can he help Senegal keep a clean sheet once again? – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 14, 2017. 13:00


After helping his side to clinch a spot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup over South Africa, Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly will hope to finish the job at home.

Based in the Italian Serie A with Napoli, the Lions of Teranga centre back was instrumental for the West Africans as they downed the 1996 African champions 2-0 in Polokwane, last Friday.

However, the towering defender still has a tough assignment ahead of him as they will want to register another win on Tuesday in Dakar.

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Although coach Aliou Cisse’s men lost the initial qualifier 2-1 last year, the Senegalese FA protested to FIFA for a replay and it was ordered after referee Joseph Lamptey was guilty of match manipulation.

The order meant that both sides had to go all out for a win in last week’s clash, and Cisse counted on the defender to help avoid concede away for them to wrap up their qualifying campaign with a convincing win.

But the man linked with a move to Liverpool, Barcelona and reigning English Premier League champions Chelsea, ensured the likes of Percy Tau, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Badley Grobler did not find their way through.

With the ticket to Russia already secured, the 26-year-old defender has his sights set on another clean sheet against the overrated Bafana Bafana in front of their home crowds.

On the other hand, Koulibaly will also want to put a cherry on top after realising his World Cup dream by winning the CAF African Footballer of the Year Award next January as well as securing a big move to the EPL.

In the end, the EPL is one of the most competitive leagues in Europe and should he make his move in January, he will be a complete product when he makes his bow at the world’s biggest stage in Russia



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Kalidou Koulibaly – Senegal’s hope to stop a desperate South Africa – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 07, 2017. 13:00


Senegal and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has a tough assignment this weekend, which is to stop South Africa as they want to secure a spot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Lions of Teranga centre back has a huge role to play for the West Africans when they meet the 1996 African champions in two crucial encounters in less than five days.

Koulibaly will be a key figure when they visit the Southern part of the continent on Friday for their clash against Stuart Baxter’s men on Friday.

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As they need a win to book a spot in Russia, their hosts will also want a win out of both encounters to return to the global stage.

With a lot of news surrounding the future of the defender, the Senegal coach will have to calm his nerves and ensure Kalidou remains grounded and focused on the task at hand.

Koulibaly is linked with a move away from the Serie A giants, with Barcelona, Chelsea and Liverpool touted to be chasing his signature.

Furthermore, the 2017 CAF African Footballer of the Year nomination comes as a huge boost for the 26-year-old and he will want to lift the coveted accolade.

But for that to happen, he must ensure he brings his A game in both matches against the 1996 African Cup of Nations hosts and help the Lions to emerge as victors.

With Sadio Mane available for the matches and the Reds coach Jurgen Klopp reportedly attending the match in person, Kalidou will only focus on his defending and not worry about their thin options in attack.

However, speculation regarding the move to Anfield could mount should he meet and have a chat with Klopp.



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Ghoulam, Koulibaly aim to regain top spot in Italy – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Oct 25, 2017. 18:30


The African duo of Faouzi Ghoulam and Kalidou Koulibaly will be aiming to return to the top of the Serie A standings when Napoli take on Genoa at the Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris on Wednesday evening.

Both Ghoulam and Koulibaly have started every game for Napoli this season, with Maurizio Sarri’s men unbeaten after nine rounds of fixtures.

Key to their impressive start has been their defence with the club having conceded a mere five goals this season. Gli Azzurri have kept three clean sheets in succession.

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Mauro Icardi scored a brace as Inter leapfrogged Napoli with a 3-2 win over Sampdoria last night, but the Naples outfit will regain their place atop the standings with a point away to Genoa.

Guinea international Amadou Diawara has also been a prominent figure for Napoli this season, with the club boasting a healthy African contingent.



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Kalidou Koulibaly – Will his move to the EPL benefit Senegal? – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 13:00


Senegal and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly could see his future decided in the next two months with England his next possible destination.

The Lions of Teranga stalwart has been linked with a move away from the Italian Serie A giants and reports have surfaced that he is wanted once again in the English Premier League.

Southampton are said to have rekindled their interest in the defender and will table an offer in January.

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Although they failed to lure him last summer, the Saints are eyeing the 26-year-old as Virgil van Dijk’s replacement who is wanted by Liverpool among other clubs.

With coach Aliou Cisse’s men set to face South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in two 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers next month, Koulibaly is expected to be key in their quest to reach Russia.

If Southampton sign him in January, the West Africans will receive a huge boost to have another player in the EPL ahead of the World Cup (which they are also favourites to qualify for).

On the other hand, having announced that he doesn’t regret choosing Senegal over France early this year, the centre back will eye a spot at the global tournament to represent his nation and possibly face the Les Bleus.

Koulibaly’s move to the EPL will definitely come as a plus for the West Africans, but that will all depend on the negotiations between the two clubs considering he is a key figure at Napoli.



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Chelsea will have to pay world-record fee to land Kalidou Koulibaly – Premier League 2017/2018


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Graeme Jackson

Monday Oct 23, 2017. 16:30


Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has been informed that he will need to pay a world-record transfer fee for a defender if he is to prise Senegal’s Kalidou Koulibaly away from Napoli.

The Teranga Lions defender has long been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, with Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis admitting that he has had to fight hard to keep the 26-year-old at Stadio San Paolo.

Yet the Blues remain keen on signing Koulibaly, with Conte convinced that the West African will strengthen his side’s defence and lay the foundation for future success.

However, Calciomercato reports that Napoli have put a £70million price tag on the player. If that fee is met, it would make Koulibaly the most expensive defender in football history.

The record fee for a defender was broken twice by Manchester City in this past European summer, with the Citizens paying £50-million and £52-million for Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy respectively.



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Koulibaly ate Balotelli for breakfast – Bruno Satin – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Aug 24, 2017. 17:00


Bruno Satin, the agent of Kalidou Koulibaly, has hailed the Senegal defender’s performance in Napoli’s UEFA Champions League triumph over Nice.

The Italian club won 2-0 at Allianz Riviera in the second leg of the teams’ qualifying tie, securing a 4-0 aggregate victory and a place in the group stages of the elite competition.

Koulibaly played a key role in Napoli securing successive clean sheets, laying the foundation for their success against the French side.

The Teranga Lions centre-back was particularly impressive in the way he handled the threat of Italian striker Mario Balotelli.

“Napoli did what Napoli do and they ate Nice, who looked like a small team,” Bruno Satin said on Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.

“Koulibaly has grown, he even scares me so I can only imagine how the opponents feel! He literally ate Balotelli for breakfast, though he didn’t seem to be at the top.

“I look forward to tomorrow’s draw to see who Napoli get, they’ll definitely face two strong teams as they’re in the third pot.”



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Senegal’s Koulibaly on Arsenal’s radar – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Jul 18, 2017. 17:00


Napoli’s Senegalese centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly has emerged as a transfer target for Premier League giants Arsenal.

The Gunners are in the market for a central defender and TMW claims that the Teranga Lions man is top of their list.

Koulibaly, 26, has previously been linked with a move to Chelsea, but Antonio Conte’s side failed with several bids last year.

Arsenal have now made an approach but Napoli, for the moment at least, remain unwilling to sell their prize asset.

Should Arsenal not be able to land Koulibaly from the Serie A side, they may turn their attention to Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk.



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