Napoli Confirm Kalidou Koulibaly’s Release Clause

Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly with Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti after being sent off.

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Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly is undoubtedly one of the best centre-backs in the world at the moment. Naturally, his talent has attracted heavy interest from the biggest clubs in Europe.

Multiple clubs have already been linked with the Senegalese international, but Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United are said to be more keen than most in this transfer race.

Now, Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that interested parties will have to cough up an enormous sum if they are to successfully secure the 27-year-old’s services.

The Italian tactician further revealed that Koulibaly has a release clause worth €150 million (£130m) in his contract, but it will only kick in come 2021.

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Ancelotti told Tuttosport: “The best centre-back in the world? Yes. And he has more room for improvement. He’s worth €150 million and he is non-transferable.

“Koulibaly’s contract will expire in 2023. In 2021 he will have a €150 million release clause, but Napoli do not need to sell, the president does not want to sell and the question does not arise.”


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Amid the reports of Koulibaly’s prospective switch to England, Ancelotti also addressed the apparent racial abuse the star defender had to face during Napoli’s Europa League encounter against Arsenal at the Emirates.

“I was speechless. It’s unacceptable. Intolerable,” said the former Chelsea gaffer. “Chants against Koulibaly, Kean and Matuidi, insults to [Sinisa] Mihajlovic when he returned to Florence.

“Enough. Enough. Enough. Enough. Enough. It is no longer possible to conceive football in this way. This is not the football we love.”