NAPOLI NEWS

Former Napoli and Juventus defender Ciro Ferrara admits his heart is going for the Partenopei ahead of Friday’s Serie A showdown.
Napoli are expected to have Mario Rui fit for Friday’s Serie A showdown with Juventus after his ankle injury.
Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini admits defeat to Napoli “would be hard to swallow” on Friday and admires defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
Napoli have reportedly set their sights on IFK Goteborg goalkeeper Pontus Dahlberg for next season.
Napoli striker Lorenzo Insigne has unveiled a new massive back tattoo of lions. “Strength, courage, pride, but also a symbol of revenge.”
Mario Mandzukic’s agent says talk the Juventus man doesn’t want to play on the left is a “media invention”.
Giorgio Chiellini trained with Juventus today, so he’ll be available to face Napoli on Friday.
Juventus defender Benedikt Howedes expects a “very difficult” game against Napoli but “we’re strong and we can beat them”.
Fabio Cannavaro believes Juventus are still favourites for the Scudetto but “Napoli are learning how to win ugly…”
Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly believes anti-Neapolitan chants “enter into the definition of racism”.
Miralem Pjanic says Juventus “hope to aim for the Champions League again” but “objective number one remains the Scudetto”.
Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta says “there’s a 50 per cent chance” Gonzalo Higuain will be ready to face Napoli on Friday.
Dani Alves says “Italian football has to improve” and “everyone should take an example from Napoli”.
The Gran Gala del Calcio was held tonight, with Maurizio Sarri named best Coach and Gianluigi Buffon best player.
Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon says Napoli have “a unique philosophy” and insists he’d play for Italy at 60 if they needed him.
Napoli captain Marek Hamsik admits Juventus represent “a derby for me”, and warns “defence wins championships”.
Juventus forward Paulo Dybala insists Friday night’s Napoli game “will not be decisive for the Scudetto”.
Napoli striker Dries Mertens says Juventus “will be a great match to play”, and wants an even better 2018 than 2017.
It’s claimed Sime Vrsaljko has asked to leave Atletico Madrid, as he wants to join Napoli in January.
Juventus have confirmed Gonzalo Higuain’s surgery was “concluded successfully”, but haven’t offered a recovery time.