Napoli have released a statement slamming Claudio Marchisio for his “grave insult” towards the club and demanded clarification from Juventus.
Marchisio hit the headlines when telling the Corriere della Sera that he had “antipathy” towards Napoli. “When I am faced with them, something goes off in me.”
Now the San Paolo club has responded with an official statement.
“Marchisio’s comments represent a grave insult towards Napoli and all of Italian football. We are surprised that a player of his stature and who plays in such a prestigious club would say things like that.
“We hope it is only a misunderstanding and await clarification from the player and from Juventus.”
The rapport between the clubs hit a new low after the Italian Super Cup in Beijing this August.
Napoli saw two players sent off and lost the trophy in extra time, so boycotted the presentation ceremony in protest.