Napoli reveals Koulibaly prize
Napoli reveals Koulibaly prize
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Napoli reveals Koulibaly prize

SSC Napoli through manager Carlo Ancelotti believes ‘the best center back in the world’ Kalidou Koulibaly is worth €150million.

The 27-year-old has been at the Stadio San Paolo since signing from Genk in 2014, developing a reputation as one of Serie A's top defenders with the Senegal international having been linked with a move to Manchester United.

"The best center-back in the world? I would say so," he told Tuttosport. "And he can still improve. He is worth €150m and he is not available for transfer.

"Koulibaly’s contract expires in 2023, in 2021 there's a €150m clause but Napoli do not need to sell, the president [Aurelio De Laurentiis] does not want to sell and the question doesn't come up."

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Napoli is set to finish second in Serie A for a second straight year, with Juventus holding a 17-point lead with six games to play, and Ancelotti claims he is happy to be runners-up.

"Second place is not a discredit to us, it’s a credit to Juventus, who are going along at an exceptional pace," added the former Chelsea and Real Madrid coach. "If they [Juve] continue like this, they can finish with 100 points."

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Napoli was Ancelotti’s first coaching job in Italy since leaving AC Milan in 2009 and the 59-year-old is satisfied with the decision he made.

"Returning to Italy after nine years, I could not have made a better choice than Napoli," he added. "When a new coach arrives at the team, many things change. If we are going to break Juventus’ dominance we will need a collective effort.