Kalidou Koulibaly stated that Chelsea FC’s persistent interest in signing him was a significant factor in his choice to join the Blues this summer from Napoli..
The Blues announced on Saturday the signing of the Senegal international on a four year deal after days of speculation leading to the defender moving to Stamford Bridge.
Over the last couple of years Koulibaly had been frequently linked with a move to Chelsea FC, and the Blues came in close proximity to signing the defender in 2016, but the deal never materialised.
With Chelsea FC losing both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen to free transfers this summer, the Blues had been searching for defensive reinforcements, and also Koulibaly fit the bill for Thomas Tuchel..
Now the 31-year-old has exposed his delight at finally having the ability to move up the divisional ladder and play for the Blues in the Premier League after a long- running interest in him.
Koulibaly stated in a chat with Chelsea FC’s site: “I’m really happy to be with this team in Chelsea,” he said.
“It’s the biggest team on the planet and my dream is playing in the Premier League. In 2016, Chelsea came to me first, however we did not make it. Now as soon as they came to me, I accepted because they wanted me to play for them in the Premier League.
“Speaking to my great friends Edou Mendy and Jorginho made my choice better, so I am really happy to be here today.
I would like to thank the fans, since I saw lots of them in London, and on the flight, I was happy to be here. So I want to thank them and I hope that the season are going to be truly good and that we will give the fans some good moments.
Koulibaly, brought up in France to Senegalese parents, was a regular fixture in the last season of the Napoli team, scoring three goals and making 3 assists as they finished fifth in the Serie a.
The Senegal captain, who’s behind Raheem Sterling as Chelsea FC’s 2nd signing of the summer, made his senior debut for his nation in 2015 as well as has since been capped sixty two times.
Koulibaly might make his Premier League debut for Chelsea FC when the Blues travel to Goodison Park to face Everton in their very first game of the season on August 1.
Kalidou Koulibaly describes his decision to sign Chelsea Fc
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