Man Utd blow as transfer target Koulibaly does not want to leave Napoli despite racist abuse, insists Ancelotti

NAPOLI boss Carlo Ancelotti believes Kalidou Koulibaly is happy to stay in Italy despite being racially abused.

Manchester United are reportedly planning a swoop for the defender, who was subjected to vile taunts from the stands at Inter Milan on Boxing Day.

Carlo Ancelotti insists Kalidou Koulibaly is happy in Naples

Koulibaly, 27, was sent off towards the end of a 1-0 defeat, with the abuse clearly playing on his mind but his boss is confident the Senegal international has not fallen out of love with Italy.

Ancelotti said: “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.”

Kalidou Koulibaly was racially abused as Napoli took on Inter Milan
Fans have rallied behind Koulibaly after the sickening incident
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Koulibaly is one of the best defenders in Europe and has been on United’s radar for some time.

Following the shocking monkey chants in Milan, Paul Pogba wore a wristband in support of the ace in the win over Bournemouth.

Italian football has experienced problems with racism this season
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He wrote: “Well done guys beautiful way to finish the year. (Plus) honour handband for (Koulibaly)- 2019 say NO to racism.”

Ancelotti insists his team will stop playing if there are further incidents of racial abuse.

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