NEWS
Tuesday August 9 2011
De Laurentiis: 'Napoli will call Rossi'

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis confirms he will make a new offer for Giuseppe Rossi and is “very fond” of Mario Balotelli.

The patron has taken this club from Serie C to Champions League football, but the only major reinforcements this summer have been Gokhan Inler and Miguel Angel Britos.

“Although Walter Mazzarri wants a small squad, I did call Rossi and Villarreal a while back,” confirmed De Laurentiis.

“We got to know each other on the phone. He was born in America and doesn't know Naples well, so I explained to him what it means to play for Napoli. He didn't say no.

“That was a month ago and he hasn't called me back, but I will call him now. I also proposed a transfer in January. Rossi is a nice boy and said he was honoured by this interest.

“I am ready to go back on the charge for this player.”

De Laurentiis also has interest in another Italy international who is playing abroad, namely Manchester City star Balotelli.

“I don't know Balotelli personally, but I'm very fond of him. I love his extremely passionate way of approaching things, even if I think this passion could be developed better elsewhere before he comes here to explode the San Paolo.

“When he is capable of expressing his talent to the full, which I find to be extraordinary, then we'll perhaps step forward for Balotelli.”

De Laurentiis revealed Mirko Vucinic “told me he wanted to move to England for personal reasons. I had offered more than Juventus, but when a player says he doesn't want to come, I won't push it.”

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