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Spalletti Reveals Huge Offer He Received From The Middle East As Supercoppa Italia Gets Final Date

Written By Onyeka Daniel

Coach of the Italian national team, Luciano Spalletti is already thinking about the Euro 2024 tournament in Germany after being placed in a tough group and is looking at several exciting players that he can add to the team ahead of the tournament.

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He admitted that Burnely talent Luca Koleosho is an ‘interesting profile’ for the Azzurri and revealed that he snubbed offers from the United Arab Emirates after leaving Napoli last summer. The former Inter Milan and Napoli manager spoke to Casa Italia.

He won the first Scudetto for Napoli in 33 years in 2022-23 but left the Stadio Maradona in the summer. He was appointed by Italy to replace Roberto Mancini this past September.

“Napoli was a fantastic experience; I had received offers from the United Arab Emirates and other leagues, where I would have been very well-remunerated,” said the Certilado-born coach. “However, it was not the kind of football I liked. Then, the national team called and I fulfilled my dream.”


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Spalletti has recently led Italy to the 2024 Euros, where the Azzurri will defend the title won in 2021 after beating England on penalties in a Final at Wembley Stadium. Italy have been drawn with Spain, Croatia and Albania in the EURO 2024 group stage. “We will go to Germany to fight on all fronts,” assured the coach. “We can only aim for the top as we are the defending champions.

“We can’t aim for something less than the Euro 2020 result even if it will be difficult to do the same.” Spalletti also spoke about potential new faces he could add to the squad in the coming months, starting with Fiorentina talent Michael Kayode, who has made his Serie A debut this season and helped Italy U19 win the European Championship last summer by scoring the winner in a Final against Portugal U19.

“I had already called him up, but he sustained an injury,” revealed Spalletti. “Now, we’ll assess him again. Luca Koleosho of Burnley is another pretty interesting profile.” Koleosho, 19, was born in the USA but has an Italian passport. He has recently scored his first Premier League goal in a 5-0 victory over Sheffield United.

Earlier when the group stage draw was made, Spalletti had set no limits for the Azzurri at Euro 2024: The Azzurri CT spoke to Il Corriere della Sera, discussing his title-winning season at Napoli and his reunion with Francesco Totti last month, he replied to questions about Italy and expectations for Euro 2024. They will start the tournament in Dortmund against Albania on June 15.

The second game is against Spain and the third is against Croatia on June 24. “We knew there was a chance to find a group with strong teams and unfortunately, this happened,” said Spalletti. “The only way to go through is to play high-level games. Spain, Albania and Croatia will not be happy anyway as they got Italy from pot four.

It only depends on us, we are Italy. I’ll repeat what I told my Azzurri before a difficult game: ‘There are many things that used to scare me from the outside, but after facing them, they excite me.” he further added.

Meanwhile…

After much speculations and uncertainty, the League and the four teams involved in the Super Coppa Italia have come to an understanding with Saudi Arabia, which previously asked to move the dates and reportedly did it again recently. The League will formally announce the dates soon.

The competition, which will feature four clubs for the first time, will take place from January 18th to the 22nd. The two semifinals will be on Thursday and Friday and the final on Sunday. The Supercoppa transferred from Jeddah to Riyadh. The local authorities wanted to postpone it to February to have more separation with the Spanish one, which will be played a few days earlier, but received a firm no.

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The Serie A matches of the four sides in question will be moved to February and March. The initial plan was to have them midweek before the departure toward the Middle East, but it has been changed. The dates for Inter-Atalanta, Sassuolo-Napoli, Torino-Lazio, and Bologna-Fiorentina will be determined later since most of the outfits are competing in the European cups.

The new Supercoppa format has been heavily criticized in particular by Napoli patron Aurelio De Laurentiis. It’s a lot more profitable than the previous one. Saudi Arabia will pay €23M, with a €7M price for the winners, plus TV rights. The Partenopei won’t have Victor Osimhen and Frank Anguissa for the competition due to AFCON 2024.

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