Kalidou Koulibaly has left Chelsea just 12 months after signing with the Blues to join Saudi Pro League side Al-Hilal for £20m.
The 32-year-old joined Chelsea from Napoli in a £34m deal last summer, signing a four-year deal as one of a number of deals as Todd Bailey oversaw a failed £600m overhaul of the club. . Blues team.
In his only season, Koulibaly made 32 appearances and scored twice in all competitions for the Blues.
However, a hamstring injury towards the end of the season limited his involvement as Chelsea crashed out of the Champions League, dropping to twelfth under returning manager Frank Lampard.
a message on the club website thanked Koulibaly for his efforts at Stamford Bridge.
Kalidou Koulibaly has moved from Chelsea to Saudi Arabia Pro League side Al-Hilal in a deal worth £20m
Koulibaly made 32 appearances in his only season at Stamford Bridge but has seen the latter part of his marketing campaign less injury-prone.
At Al-Hilal, the Senegalese defender can also count on Ruben Neves as a teammate at the 68,000-seater King Fahd International Stadium alongside former Premier League stars Matheus Pereira and Andre Carrillo.
The Riyadh-based player is reported to have won 4 AFC Champions League titles and recently hit the headlines for his bid to sign Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku in a £21m-a-year deal for the Belgian worldwide.
Meanwhile, Koulibaly joins a host of Chelsea stars unlikely to feature again this summer as incoming manager Mauricio Pochettino looks set to overhaul his squad for next season.
N’Golo Kante will be part of Karim Benzema’s side at Al-Ittihad when his contract expires at the end of this month, while Champions League winner Edouard Mendy is set to leave West London for Al-Ahli.
Meanwhile, Mateo Kovacic looks set to join Premier League champions Man City in a £25m deal and Kai Haverth to join Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, with an official announcement expected in the coming days.
The 32-year-old joins former Blues teammate N’Golo Kante in the booming Saudi Arabian Pro League
CHELSEA ANNOUNCE KALIDOU KOULIBALY TO JOIN AL-HILAL
Kalidou Koulibaly has left Chelsea for a move to Saudi Arabian Professional League side Al-Hilal.
The centre-back joined from Napoli last summer and made 32 appearances for the Blues in his only season at Stamford Bridge.
The 32-year-old made his Everton debut and marked his first break at the residence with an incredible volley against Tottenham Hotspur. His distinctive Chelsea goal additionally came in the London derby away to Fulham.
Halfway through the marketing campaign, Koulibaly led Senegal to the World Cup final in Qatar; the defender scored an important successful goal to help his nation overcome Ecuador and reach the knockout stages.
We would like to thank Kalidoo for his contribution on and off the pitch throughout his time at Stamford Bridge and we need him to be effective in the next section of his profession.