Saudi’s Al Hilal sign Chelsea defender Kalidou Koulibaly

Kalidou Koulibaly has joined Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal from Premier League team Chelsea, the two clubs confirmed on Sunday.

“We’ll continue to make history together,” Al Hilal said on Twitter, alongside a short video featuring Koulibaly.

The four-time Asian Champions League champions stated that Koulibaly’s deal will extend through 2026 but provided no financial specifics. According to British media, the Saudi club would pay roughly £17 million ($21.61 million) for the centre-back.

“I’m here with those who make the glory in the present and the future,” the Africa Cup of Nations winner said.

Koulibaly, 32, scored two goals in 32 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea after joining them from Napoli last July.

He is the second Premier League player to join Al Hilal, following the signing of Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves from Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday.

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Since Cristiano Ronaldo joined Al Nassr in January, the Saudi Pro League has grown more appealing to European players.

Al Ittihad signed Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema earlier this month, and the club has also confirmed the signing of former Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante.

With 66 trophies, Al Hilal is the most decorated club in Saudi Arabia and Asia, and they hold the record for league and Asian Champions championships with 18 and four, respectively.

The Riyadh-based team are looking to bolster their squad after losing its league and Asian Champions titles. Spanish media report that they are also keen to secure the services of Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva.