Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly named Italian Serie A's best defender

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The Senegalese centre-back has been recognised for his solid defensive displays for the Partenopei during the league season

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has been named the best defender in the Italian Serie A for the 2018-19 season.

Koulibaly has been a regular fixture in Carlo Ancelotti's team this season, making 34 league appearances so far.

The 27-year-old has managed 125 clearances, 31 blocks in the Italian top-flight this season and he has also won 67 percent of his total tackles [60].

His defensive contributions helped Napoli manage 13 clean sheets in the league as they sit second behind leaders Juventus, with two matches remaining.

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Koulibaly will be presented with his award at Stadio San Paolo on Sunday when Napoli host Inter Milan for their penultimate league fixture of the season.

Next month, the former Genk defender will hope to replicate his fine displays when Senegal battle for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations title in Egypt.

The Teranga Lions have been drawn against Algeria, Kenya and Tanzania in Group C.