Rafael Benitez reveals the problem Chelsea may experience with the signing of Koulibaly

Kalidou Koulibaly

Chelsea have signed longtime target Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli, and he’s the second signing of the Todd Boehly era.

The 31-year-old was a subject of rumoured interest from Chelsea in 2016, but Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis fought against the move.

Koulibaly was signed as a replacement for departed star Antonio Rudiger.

Ahead of the new season, former Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has claimed that Koulibaly has a huge job of adapting to the Premier League.

He told The Athletic: “He must improve his concentration at times.

“He can be guilty of losing focus and can be overconfident, but he has been hugely influential at Napoli and people I know and trust have told me that he has been the best centre-back in Italy during this time.

“This season will be the Premier League for him and he could be fine for the way that Tuchel wants to play. He has similarities with Rudiger — he is very good at running with the ball, he’s good with both feet.

“Is he a little bit too nice? We will see what happens at Chelsea. As I said, in Italy he was fine because he was so quick, but I doubt he will be so dominant over here.

“Aerial ability wasn’t his biggest strength but in Italy that mattered a bit less and he was ok.

“It will be interesting to see how that develops in the Premier League but he was always very keen to learn. He spent time with me and my staff after training sessions to work on his heading and improving his technique.”

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