Kalidou Koulibaly has sent an emotional farewell message to Napoli fans ahead of confirming his upcoming move to Chelsea.
The Senegalese international has established himself as one of the strongest central defenders in the world in his six years with the Serie A club.
Koulibably has been regularly linked with a move to the Premier League in recent years, with Liverpool, Manchester United and his soon-to-be new club coveting him in the past.
Koulibaly, 31, feels the time is now ideal to test himself in England where he will immediately become a key part of Thomas Tuchel’s plans given the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen earlier this summer.
Koulibaly will join Chelsea on a staggering five-year deal and earn £160,000 a week as he becomes one of the highest-paid players in Tuchel’s squad.
Not that the financial riches on offer were the main reason behind the defender’s decision to leave Napoli, as he explained in an emotional message on Instagram.
He wrote: “120. June, an unforgettable date: my arrival in Naples, the beginning of a pure love story. I was a shy boy but so keen to show the world I could do it!
“Wins, losses, joys, disappointments. Too many emotions lived together: impossible to synthesize them.
“But I keep everything: in my head, in my heart. My two sons were born in Naples. I met people who will forever be a part of my life and made my family feel at home from the first moment to the last.
“Thanks to you, Naples, I have become the man I am today. Thank you to the club, the coaches, the president, all my teammates and all the people I have enjoyed working with over the years.
“Thank you Naples and Neapolitans for all the love we have given each other.
“I’m proud to have honored you with all of me, and I will forever carry you in my heart and cherish one of the most important feelings for you: respect. you were everything to me
“Now I feel like I have to go and get back in the game, time for a new adventure.”
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