Senegalese stars wants Napoli stay forever

Serie A By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 18/01/2018

Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly has revealed that he would love to remain with Napoli forever and he will not have any problem signing a new deal.

The 26-year-old has been a solid rock for the Partenopei at the defense with impressive displays so far this season which has kept Maurizio Sarri's men in the top of the Serie A table with 51 points from 20 league games and one defeat in all.

Koulibaly wants to is aiming to repay Napoli fans with their first Italian top-flight title since 1990 led by Argentina great Diego Maradona.

"For my family and the fans, and if the contract was good, I’d have no problem signing, staying forever,” Koulibaly told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"I’m really happy here, the city and the team have given me everything. I want to give back to the Neapolitans, I want to give them the Scudetto.

"So far I’ve grown a lot. When I first came to Italy I needed a year to adapt, which wasn’t easy. Then I told myself I deserved this great team, and I started to work hard.

"Now I’m capitalising on my effort and sacrifices, but of course I won’t stop here.

"The new Lilian Thuram? I’m very pleased with this comparison, he was a true great and did really well in Italy not everyone can have his career.

"I had some problems, with [Rafa] Benitez I ended up on the bench and that was a very important period because I worked on myself a lot and saw things from the outside, also on a tactical level.

"I forced myself to prove they weren’t wrong to sign me, that I could become one of the best defenders in the Italian league.

"As soon as Sarri arrived he told me: ‘listen to me and you’ll become a champion’.

"That was important because it gave me confidence in a period where things weren’t going well. There was a Europa League match against Club Brugge which represented a turning point for me and the team.

"I’d say that was the key moment of my career.”

The Partenopei are in the Europa League again this season, but could it be a distraction in the Scudetto race?

“No, I want to win the Europa League. We’ll compete with other great teams, it would be a very important trophy for Napoli.

“We have a great desire to win, and two objectives to achieve. We have to do it, for the city and four ourselves.”

Serie A league set to resume from its winter break on Sunday, January 21 Napoli continue their Scudetto chase with a visit to Atalanta.