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“I Reiterate That We Will Continue On Our Path, I Will Continue To Work To Ensure That The Player Leaves Napoli”

Written By Onyeka Daniel

With the imminent appointment of Antonio Conte as the coach of Napoli, the former coach of the Italian national team will have a lot of issues to deal with when he assumes the role with the Neapolitean club ahead of next season.

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Already, Piotr Zielinski is on his way out after his contract expired this month, and also, Nigerian striker, Victor Osimhen has been confirmed to be headed for the exit door and now, the club could lose two more important players in the 2021-22 title winning squad.

First is Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, who is said to be tempted by the interest from PSG. But according to reports, Conte asked about the 23-year-old’s situation before accepting the job, wanting him to be a central figure in his new project in the Campania capital. Kvaratskhelia’s agents met with Napoli sporting director Giovanni Manna on Friday.


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And they work will start regarding a new long-term deal at the club, where the forward could try to push to include a release clause. But the new manager may be powerless to stop the exit of the captain of the team. Mario Giuffredi, the agent of Giovanni Di Lorenzo, is refusing to back down in the growing feud with Napoli, feeling the club ‘undermined the basic principle’ of trust.

The 30-year-old is seemingly keen to close out his cycle in the Campania capital this summer, despite having penned a new five-year deal following their Scudetto success 12 months ago. Giuffredi publicly highlighted Di Lorenzo’s intentions to leave this summer. This prompted Napoli to release a statement where they underlined that he wasn’t for sale in the coming months, seeing the feud between club and player grow.

The Italian full back has been linked with a number of clubs ahead of the transfer market, including Juventus, Inter, Milan and Roma. Speaking to CalcioNapoli24, Giuffredi responded to Napoli’s statement, underling why his client is keen to leave the club and taking aim at the behaviour of club president Aurelio De Laurentiis.

“I take note of the statement issued by SSC Napoli on behalf of the president. However, I would like to remind everyone, including De Laurentiis, that our actions and decisions inevitably arise from his declarations. “On May 19th, on the occasion of the press conference of the double retreat Dimaro-Castel Di Sangro, the owner himself publicly declared that all the players in the squad, none excluded and including Di Lorenzo, were transferable.

“He uttered the exact words: ‘All transferable, we need to see who wants to buy them’. “In the aftermath of these statements, individual talks between the new sporting director Giovanni Manna and all the members of the squad began. Well, on that occasion too, the same concept was reiterated to Di Lorenzo. “If the club received a suitable offer, a sale would have been taken into consideration and consequently evaluated.

“And so, I ask myself: in the face of such a clear attitude in the desire to sell and such a drastic and clear position, how can De Laurentiis turn around and retract everything after less than two weeks? “Words sometimes hurt more than a slap and in this case, they undermined the basic principle of every relationship, that is, trust.

“This statement amounts to pure inconsistency since the exact opposite of what was stated in a public session. “I say to president De Laurentiis that when we talk in life we can’t always retrace our steps because even footballers, and in this case Di Lorenzo, like every human being, have their own sensitivity beyond the football they play.

“In any case, I warn you that I will respond blow by blow to every inaccuracy as long as the whole truth comes out. As regards the Di Lorenzo situation, I reiterate that we will continue on our path, I will continue to work to ensure that the player leaves Napoli.” He further added. Conte was hoping to have the player feature prominently in his squad for next season, playing in the right wing-back role in his 3-5-2 formation.

Meanwhile…

Juventus struggled to keep pace with Inter Milan in the 2023/2024 season, even though they began the campaign as if they could truly be champions of Italy. With no European football, the men in black and white found a way to ensure they started the season well despite having a squad that everyone knew was inferior to that of Inter Milan.

Juve even topped the league standings at some point in the campaign, but eventually, they missed out on a place in the top two. Massimiliano Allegri’s side ended the season with a return to the Champions League and a win in the Italian Cup. However, as they prepare for a new era under the incoming Thiago Motta, their former defender Leonardo Bonucci insists the team can compete with Inter Milan.

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He said; “When you play for Juventus, you can’t be satisfied with placing in the Champions League. Today’s squad can compete with those who finished ahead, even with Inter, who have made an incredible journey. The value is there, in times of difficulty, attention was not kept high.”

The player recently announced his retirement from football after being overlooked by Luciano Spalletti in Italy’s squad that would be competing at the Euro 2024 tournament in Germany.

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