Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly would only leave the club for two or three clubs in the world, with Manchester City one of them.

That’s according to journalist Valter De Maggio, who says the defender has told him personally he would never betray Napoli’s fans with a move to the likes of Juventus.

Koulibaly has long been linked with a move away from the Italian side, having been a star player for them since arriving in a £6.98m deal from Genk in 2014.

His name has regularly been floated around the Premier League, with Manchester United famously seeing a €100m bid rejected by Aurelio de Laurentiis.

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Manchester City were also heavily linked with a move during the summer of 2020 when they were searching for a new centre-back before eventually settling on Ruben Dias.

It now transpires that Koulibaly would have been extremely keen on the move if they’d done a deal with Napoli, as he has confirmed to De Maggio.

“Koulibaly answered me like this: ‘Me at Juventus? Are you crazy?! I would never go and play for another Italian club,” Area Napoli report him saying.

“If I decided to leave Napoli, I would only do it for two, maximum three clubs in the world. I’m talking about Guardiola’s Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona at the most.

“But believe me: I would never go to Juventus: I could not betray the Napoli fans’. From these words, you can understand the value of the man Koulibaly.”