He said: “He did not ask to leave, has played in these first friendlies and is one hundred percent within the project [of Napoli]. For a player of his age and value, the interest exists, but it is not the desire of the club to give him away, or for the player to leave the current team.”
These comments certainly make it sound as if Koulibaly is set to remain with Napoli, the team the 24-year-old has played for since last summer.
He moved to Serie A from Genk in Belgium, and the former French youth international impressed in his 39 games for the Italian club.
A series of strong performances in the heart of defence earned him increased recognition, and interest from three specific Premier League sides - who have all been linked with making a move for the centre-back this summer.
La Gazzetta dello Sport claimed that Everton have tabled a bid for Koulibaly, whilst the Mirror claimed that Southampton have been interested in him. Premier League rivals West Ham are also keen on the centre-back, as per TMW.
However, it does not look as if the allures of the Premier League appeal to Koulibaly, who has 100% committed himself to Napoli after an impressive debut campaign.
If he is to continue his impressive rise to prominence in the coming years, however, a move to the Premier League may not be too far off for the talented defender.