Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has played down suggestions that he is too good for Serie A amid speculation linking him with Manchester United.
The 27-year-old Senegal international failed to guide Napoli into the Europa League semi-finals as they were eliminated at the hands of Arsenal on Thursday.
Asked if he was still being challenged in Italy, Koulibaly replied: “Why? I grew up in this league. It’s the league that made me the player I am today.
“To me what matters most is to finish the season well, then we’ll see. I am sorry because we wanted to go through.”
Kalidou Koulibaly could do little to help his side overturn a 2-0 first leg defeat to Arsenal though, as they were beaten in the return fixture by a single goal from Alexandre Lacazette.
Napoli were among the favourites to win the competition, having entered following their elimination from this season’s Champions League.
But they were comfortably beaten over two legs by Unai Emery’s Arsenal, and are now set to end the season empty-handed.
Koulibaly said: “It’s our fault, we should have been a bit tougher, have more anger to score goals, and we didn’t have it.
“But at this level, when you do a wrong first half as we did the first leg, it’s hard to come back. We saw it tonight and we are very sorry.”