Kalidou Koulibaly has long been a target of Chelsea, but a deal only materialized this summer.
When Antonio Conte was in charge of the team in 2016, he sought the Senegal international, but it didn’t work out.
The 31-year-old was supported by Thomas Tuchel, and it paid off this time.
Koulibaly has acknowledged that he is thrilled that things worked out this time and that he is excited to join Chelsea.
At his first news conference as a Chelsea player, Kalidou Koulibaly stated, “It’s true that the Premier League wanted me to come for a long time.”
“The time was now because I believe in God and these things. Perhaps in the past, nobody was prepared and Napoli didn’t want me to visit.
“I am not a player that likes to go fighting with my club to leave. I have a lot of respect for the owner and supporters but I think that this time was a good time to leave Napoli.
“I made eight years over there, had a lot of good moments with the supporters, my teammates, the club.
“I learned a lot about football so I decided with my friends and family to come with Chelsea.
“And why Chelsea? They are the only club that wanted really I to come. We had the first link in 2016 when [Antonio] Conte came here and wanted me to come.
“It didn’t happen but I was always linked to Chelsea and this time the stars were in a good line so I came here and I’m really happy to join Chelsea and the Premier League.”