Ex-Napoli and Chelsea defender Kalidou Koulibaly believes Victor Osimhen should listen to nobody regarding his future and believes Napoli wouldn’t have won the Serie A title if he had stayed.

The Senegal international left the Stadio Maradona last summer, completing a €30m transfer to Chelsea. However, he has already left Stamford Bridge, joining Saudi club Al-Hilal.

With the Nigerian striker also linked with a move to Chelsea, Manchester United and PSG this summer, Koulibaly said Osimhen should follow his heart.

“We speak once in a while and if he needs, he’ll call me,” argued Koulibaly.

“Victor is an important player, among the best in the world. Gennaro Gattuso helped him, Luciano Spalletti was a turning point for him and now he needs nobody. He must feel free to choose without listening to anyone else. That’s the only way not to have regrets.

“Napoli are favourites because they won the Serie A title with a big margin, but everyone will be waiting for them and everyone will make new signings. Serie A is improving and the three European finalists showed it. It takes time when you change coach, but Rudi Garcia knows the Italian league well. It’s a great challenge for him and he can do great things even if it all depends on the market.”

The Senegalese also gave a lowdown of his one season at Stamford Bridge and why he left despite so much expectations.

“I had no guarantees to get regular playing time at Chelsea, I was always professional but I don’t like to sit on the bench doing nothing,” the defender said in an interview with Corriere dello Sport.

“I prefer a place where I am wanted and at the centre of the project and can be an example for young players.

“The Premier League is fantastic and there are great players. They expected the Koulibaly of Napoli, but I think my season was not so bad. I needed time and in one year I couldn’t prove what I wanted because of the coach’s and club’s choices.

“I am happy with what I learned about my limits, my family and my kids,” he continued.

“My time had come and I had to make a decision. My teammates sent me so many messages, they are all sorry, but I have to prepare for the AFCON. It’s the most important thing for me, Senegal want to win again, but it won’t be easy.”

Koulibaly may have signed with Al-Hilal but has now returned to Naples for his summer holiday.

“I am really happy for the Scudetto,” he said.

“I fought to win it for years and everyone’s saying that I’d won it too if I had stayed, but I believe in destiny. It was written, I had to leave to see Napoli win the Serie A title.

“Napoli deserve a great future in Italy and in the Champions League. These players have made history and if they win the title again, it will be a total feat. Everyone has his own history and life but they’ve made history in Naples and they can’t leave just like this. I hope they stay, I hope not everyone leaves.”



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