Club Manager threatens to “chain himself” to the gates if club sells Chelsea transfer target
Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti has reiterated his stance that the club cannot afford to sell Chelsea target Kalidou Koulibaly, even threatening to bind himself to the club’s gates if the Senegalese international is sold.
and underlined that the team must do everything possible to keep its defensive talisman.
Speaking in a press conference after Napoli’s final match of the season, Spalletti told Football Italia:
“Koulibaly in my view is not for sale, just like last season when I threatened to chain myself to the gates if he was sold. I’m doing it again!
“This is a player always open to giving a helping hand, knows where to intervene and how to raise the level, he does what is needed. We want to have another important season, so he cannot be sold.
“People say you can get a younger player, but you can’t buy a leader, who developed here over so many years, who lives and breathes the city and gives that passion back on the pitch.
“Kalidou is not the same as the others for many reasons, so he needs particular focus. These are all things we’ll discuss over the next few days.”
The Blues will be looking for defensive reinforcements this summer, as both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen are poised to leave Thomas Tuchel’s side.
The pair are out of contract at Stamford Bridge and have been unable to agree on new terms to retain them in the city.
Rudiger has already stated his intention to leave the club and has agreed to a lucrative move to Real Madrid, while Christensen has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona.