Napoli will still be a force to be reckoned with even if Edinson Cavani decides to leave, says President Aurelio De Laurentiis.
The Uruguayan international can move on if a club pays the €63m release fee which has been inserted into his contract.
“If Cavani decides to leave then the clause will be activated,” the movie mogul told Radio Marte in an interview.
“If it was up to me, then he would stay here for the rest of his career. But if he receives an intriguing offer from a decorated club then he will be free to decide.
“If he does leave, Napoli will continue to move forward – just as we did after Ezequiel Lavezzi went to Paris Saint-Germain.
“The club will continue its climb and we’ll choose the best possible players to replace him,” De Laurentiis continued.
“No matter what will happen, Napoli will remain at the very highest levels. Our growth started many years ago and we need to continue on this path.”
The 26-year-old, linked with Real Madrid and Manchester City, joined Napoli in the summer of 2010 from Palermo at a cost of €17m.
In 130 games for the Azzurri, he’s scored 95 goals. His Serie A record in Naples reads 69 goals in 96 games.