Aurelio De Laurentiis has indicated that he is willing to keep Lorenzo Insigne out on loan for another season, but claimed that his future lies with Napoli.
The Partenopei’s promising young forward has drawn attention for performances this season in Serie B with Pescara. This week saw the Under-21 international linked with a surprise switch to Udinese, something that De Laurentiis indirectly contradicted in speaking with Sky Sport 24.
“I have great appreciation for [Zdenek] Zeman, he is doing an amazing job with [Ciro] Immobile, I wish they get into Serie A and that Insigne continues with them for another year.
“There he would play more and then maybe after these two years he would be ready for us.
“I would not burn his career. If Zeman brings Pescara into Serie A then I will willingly loan him for another year and then after these two years take him back to Naples, which will always be his home.”
In a long interview, the President lightly covered a number of topics, including how he deals with set-backs such as that suffered by the team in Week 18, the 1-1 home draw with Bologna.
“Immediately after a game I get nervous and I do not speak, but then I can reset everything in negative times.
“I always think about from when I picked Napoli up in court to the great challenge with Chelsea on February 21, and then I move on.
“I would always want to win, but I know that it is not possible because there is too much football.”
De Laurentiis also reflected on Eduardo Vargas’ induction into the Napoli environment. He was pulled off after 45 minutes in his debut against Cesena last week.
“The decision [to sign him] was based on what he did in his homeland. He is a player of great talent, but he does not yet know the team’s game or even the names of his teammates.
“We’re making sure he adapts to the club so as not to cause him any psychological issues. We need to be patient because he does not speak our language. We are always thinking in the market in the mid-to-long-term.
“Today I told him to study Italian all the time. He is the revelation of South American football this year, so let us consider him a nice gift for the fans.”
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