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EPL: I love watching them – Chelsea’s Koulibaly names two players who inspired him

Chelsea defender, Kalidou Koulibaly, has named former Blues centre-back Marcel Desailly and former Juventus defender Lillian Thuram as the two players who inspired his football career.

In an interview posted on the club’s official website ahead of their Premier League tie with Crystal Palace this weekend, Koulibaly said he loved watching Desailly and Thuram when he was a youngster.

When asked about players who inspired him as a youngster, the Senegal international said: “Marcel Desailly and Lilian Thuram.

“I was French. I’m French. I was born in France, so I grew up with them as my example, and it helped me a lot.”

He added, “As French guys with African origins, I was watching them like big stars, idols. Today, I spoke with Lilian Thuram, and he gives me a lot of advice, a lot of help.”

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