Ancelotti makes definitive Kouilbaly statement amid ongoing Everton links

Date published: Saturday 10th April 2021 10:04 - Sam Charlton

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Carlo Ancelotti has had his say on the possibility of Everton swooping to sign Kalidou Koulibaly in the summer transfer window. 

Koulibaly has been linked with a switch to the Premier League for a number of years. The centre back’s solid displays for Napoli have made him one of the top rated defenders in Europe. Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool have all been credited with interest in the centre back. As of yet, though, a move to England has never materialised.

Now, Everton are the team who are rumoured to be interested in the 29-year-old. That’s in no small part down to his links with Toffees boss Ancelotti.

The pair worked together at Napoli between July 2018 and December 2019. Koulibaly played 67 games under the Italian coach in all competitions.

They secured a second place finish in Serie A in 2018/19, but a disappointing run to start the following campaign saw Ancelotti relived of his duties. That freed him up to take over at Goodison just a few weeks later.

And in recent months, it has been claimed that he wants the Senegalese star to join him on Merseyside.

Ancelotti addresses Koulibaly talk

But Ancelotti has now spoken about that speculation, and has ruled out making a play for him for a specific reason.

As quoted by the Express, he said: “Honestly, I have a lot of good memories of Koulibaly. He was a good player, a good guy, a good friend.

“But if you see our squad there, we are well covered because we have good centre-backs who are young with a lot of talent.

“For this position we are well covered for the future.”

Michael Keane, Yerry Mina, Mason Holgate and Ben Godfrey make up Everton’s current options in that position. 

Teenager Jarrad Branthwaite could also push for more opportunities next term. He has already made five senior appearances, but spent this term on loan with Championship outfit Blackburn.

It seems Ancelotti is content to pick from those five. Therefore. Everton’s transfer dealings are likely to focus on other areas of the team.

READ MORE: Carlo Ancelotti has revealed Everton’s approach to getting Jordan Pickford back in action after injury.

 

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