Manolas: ‘Napoli the right decision’

Kostas Manolas had “no doubts” that joining Napoli was the right decision, but was enigmatic on his Roma departure. “It’s personal.”

The centre-back made the move last month and arrived at pre-season training over the weekend.

“I found a very good atmosphere and a warm welcome,” said the Greek defender during a Q&A with fans at the Dimaro training ground.

“I won’t tell you the reason I left Roma, as it’s personal. The first call I received about Napoli was from my agent, then the director and the Coach.

“They made me feel secure about my decision and it was clear straight away that they really wanted me in this team. I never had doubts, that’s why I chose Napoli and I am sure I made the right decision.

“I liked watching the way Napoli played and was eager to become a part of it. I’d give anything to win the Scudetto here.

“Carlo Ancelotti is unique for what he’s won throughout his career. I promise that I’ll do everything I can to help the team achieve its targets and aim as high as possible.”

Manolas will form what many consider to be the best central partnership in Serie A with Kalidou Koulibaly.

“Only what happens on the pitch will tell us that. Every time we step out there, we’ll have to give our absolute best. I’ve always told my friends that Kalidou is extremely strong and you can tell he’s humble. He has so much quality both when defending and in possession.

“I am sure we’ll do great things together and can’t wait until he returns from the Africa Cup of Nations. Raul Albiol had so much experience and played at Napoli for many years, but I have no fear in replacing him. After all, Roma purchased me to replace Medhi Benatia. I was born ready.”

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