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Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has confirmed he made efforts to try and bring Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly to Stamford Bridge but was not successful.
According to Conte, the Senegalese international is among the two strongest defenders in the world.
“For me, Koulibaly is among the two strongest defenders in the world. He is really very, very strong,” Conte said.
“I wanted to take him at Chelsea. And he has grown even more. There is no need to introduce Koulibaly to Romelu [Lukaku]. He knows him but Romelu has also grown a lot.”
Koulibaly has been with Napoli since the summer of 2014 and despite being linked to a number of European clubs recently, the Stadio San Paolo outfit has managed to hold on to their star man.