'He actually texted me': Koulibaly says Chelsea's £50m player was urging him to move to the Bridge this summer

New Chelsea signing Kalidou Koulibaly has revealed that he was convinced to move to the club by Jorginho.

The Senegal international was speaking to the club’s official website when he claimed the 30-year-old was integral to his decision to make the switch to London, as well as international teammate Edouard Mendy.

Jorginho has also teamed with the centre-back before at Napoli, before the midfielder followed his manager at the time, Maurizio Sarri, to Stamford Bridge in a deal worth around £50m.

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Jorginho convinced Koulibaly to join

He said: “I speak a lot with them both. Jorgi actually texted me and asked if I wanted to come to Chelsea!

“At the time, I wasn’t sure if they wanted me but of course, I said I would come with pleasure. It was the same with Edou, he asked me the question and I told him it was already done and I would see him soon!

“Now I’m here, I’m really happy to start this exciting journey. The squad looks great with a good mix of younger players and those with more experience.”

Koulibaly was one of the names who flew under the radar originally as Chelsea’s desire to rebuild their defence became no hidden secret.

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The Blues’ efforts for Jules Kounde and Matthijs de Ligt took a lot of the original media attention, with the club still confident about securing a deal for the former.

Supporters will be keen to grab a look at their new defender in the upcoming pre-season games, with the club currently preparing for tonight’s fixture against Charlotte.

While it is unclear if he’ll be available tonight after joining up with his new teammates late, fans will be hopeful to catch a glimpse of Koulibaly in Saturday night’s fixture against Arsenal, given a first impression of how he will cope against Premier League calibre opponents.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.