Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis says Walter Mazzarri can leave the club, but only if he wants to amid interest from Turin giants Juventus.
The 49-year-old is highly regarded after leading Napoli to third place this season. Until last month the Partenopei were dark horses for the Scudetto.
"Mazzarri is in my heart," De Laurentiis said. "For this reason I gave him a four-year deal last summer.
"I would let him go only if he came to tell me that he no longer feels at ease in Naples and that he is no longer working well, at which point I'd consider alternatives. There are many.
"But we are putting together a project to build a great team. I don't believe that he will betray us."
"Napoli were a great club, then they disappeared. The judgements on our place in the table must take into account that we have only been in Serie A for four years seeing that other big clubs, like Inter or Milan, have no need to regenerate like us.
"Within four or five years, we'll have a park of players equal to theirs. We'll buy with intelligence," he concluded.
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