Kalidou Koulibaly announces he has his heart set on retiring at Napoli but admits it is out of his hands. ‘We’ll see what the President decides to do.’
Koulibaly has been heavily linked with moves to the Premier League and Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season, given he is now 29 and his resale value is falling.
However, the Senegalese made it clear he preferred to stay at Napoli if given the opportunity.
“My family are very happy here and that makes me happy,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I don’t like being known as ‘the €100m man’. How much I’m worth is for the directors to decide.
“All I’m thinking about is giving 100 percent on the pitch. In football, you never know what’s around the corner.
“I’ve never talked to the club about leaving. We have to find a solution and we’ll find it, but I’ve never talked about the transfer market.
“We’ll see what the President decides to do and if he proposes me an extension which, therefore, would allow me to end my career here.
“I still have three years left on my contract, so there’s still plenty of time. I’m not thinking about anything other than Napoli.”
Koulibaly was then asked if he was prepared to remain at the San Paolo for the rest of his career.
“I won’t say ‘no’, but I don’t want to deceive anyone. We know how things are in football.
“You can say you’ll stay for life but then you’re sold, so instead I tell the fans that I’ll give 200-300% for as long as I wear this shirt.”