Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti insists Manchester United transfer target Kalidou Koulibaly is not leaving the Italian side.
United has been strongly linked with the Senegalese international since December last year as they look to permanently resolve their defensive problems.
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It was recently reported that Koulibaly will push for a move to the Premier League giants this month.
However, Napoli manager Ancelotti has played all reports down insisting the 27-year-old is happy to stay in Italy.
Ancelotti told reporters: “In England, they write that Koulibaly can leave because of the problem of racism, I do not think so.”
“Koulibaly is happy in Naples, he’s upset like others, but it will not be a trigger for a goodbye. He never showed it, he wants to stay in Naples and in Italy, a country he likes very much.”
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The centre-back has been the victim of recent racial abuse during Napoli’s 1-0 defeat at Inter Milan last month.
Koulibaly joined the Blues in the summer of 2014 from Belgian side Genk and went on to make 188 appearances, scoring eight times the Serie A side.