Saudi’s Al-Hilal sign Senegal defender Koulibaly from Chelsea

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Saudi’s Al-Hilal sign Senegal defender Koulibaly from Chelsea

On Sunday, Chelsea’s Kalidou Koulibaly officially joined Al-Hilal, a Saudi Arabian team. The four-time Asian Champions League winners announced that Koulibaly’s contract would last until 2026, but did not disclose any financial details. However, British media reported that the Saudi club would pay approximately $21.61 million for the centre back. Koulibaly expressed his excitement about joining the team, saying, “I’m here with those who make the glory in the present and the future.” Koulibaly scored two goals in 32 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea after joining them from Napoli last July. He is the second player to move to Al-Hilal from the English Premier League, following Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves, who signed from Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday. The Saudi Pro league has become increasingly attractive to Europe-based players since Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Al-Nassr last January. League Champions Al-Ittihad signed Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema earlier this month, and the club has also confirmed that former Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is joining them. Al-Hilal, the most decorated club in Saudi Arabia and Asia, have won 66 trophies and hold the record for league and Asian Champions titles with 18 and four respectively. Boosting their squad is a priority for the Riyadh-based club, who have lost their league and Champions League crowns. Spanish media report that they are also keen to secure the services of Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva.

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