Thursday August 25 2011
Napoli welcome 'prestigious' draw

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis looks forward to a “prestigious” group with Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Giuseppe Rossi's Villarreal.

The Partenopei haven't qualified for the European Cup in 20 years, so were placed in Pot 4 for today's draw and got an extremely tough group.

“It is a prestigious draw and we will play six wonderful games against three formidable opponents,” De Laurentiis told Sky Sport Italia.

“We already faced Villarreal last season in the Europa League. I'd like to see a genuine European championship and hope within two or three years the situation can change.”

The Napoli chief made an offer for Italian international Rossi this summer and won't disguise he's planning another swoop.

“I continue to monitor Rossi. I like him very much, as he is an extraordinary person and the fact he was born in America makes him different to other Italians.

“My negotiations with Rossi will continue next year and I hope to bring him to Napoli.”

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