By 90Min
July 20, 2017

Napoli are close to announcing a new deal for star left-back, Faouzi Ghoulam, who is expected to renew his contract with the club until 2021.

His agent will fly out to the club's training ground next week to continue discussions, with a conclusion said to be imminent, according to Tutto Mercato Web.

The Algerian international - who was signed from Ligue 1 side Saint Etienne in 2014 - has established himself as a key man in Naples, with Maurizio Sarri seemingly desperate to keep him.

Napoli's Algerian defender Faouzi Ghoulam kicks the ball during the Tim Cup semifinal second leg football match SSC Napoli vs Juventus FC on April 5, 2017 at the San Paolo Stadium. / AFP PHOTO / CARLO HERMANN (Photo credit should read CARLO HERMANN/AFP/Getty Images)

Ghoulam had been the subject of interest from Premier League clubs, with Liverpool and Chelsea both keen on the 26-year-old.

The Algerian featured in 29 Serie A games in 2016/17, recording an impressive six assists and firmly established himself as the club's number one choice over Ivan Strinic.

Ghoulam was also a consistent presence in the Champions League, starting all of Napoli's eight games and recording three more assists.

Napoli's defender from Algeria Faouzi Ghoulam eyes the ball during the UEFA Champions League football match Napoli vs Dynamo Kiev on November 23, 2016 at the San Paolo stadium in Naples. / AFP / Carlo Hermann (Photo credit should read CARLO HERMANN/AFP/Getty Images)

He's one of the finest left-backs in world football and with the likes of Marek Hamsik, Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne in front of him, why would he not want to stay? Kalidou Koulibaly next to him has probably helped his decision too.

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