Paolo Cannavaro says he wants to become “the perfect captain” for his beloved hometown club Napoli.
“This campaign had great moments, especially the victory over Roma,” he told Radio Marte.
“Dominating at the Olimpico and emerging with the points really gives you an important boost.
“At the start of the season, nobody thought we would be able to put together all these points. The competition was fierce, but on paper this is a great squad. It seems unfair to suggest we're up there in third place because it is a ‘strange' season.”
The Partenopei were second last week, but two consecutive defeats saw them slip out of the Scudetto race.
“Winning the title would mean burning ourselves forever in the memories of the Neapolitans, but qualifying for the Champions League also remains an extraordinary objective,” continued Cannavaro.
“We have great talents like ‘Pocho' Lavezzi, who can give you that extra gear when the game is going badly. He splits up a defence and drags opponents out of position. I can guarantee you it's better to have him on your side than against!”
There had been speculation as to whether Cannavaro's contract would be renewed, but he intends to be a long-term fixture in his hometown club.
“I can't wait to become the perfect captain and give an even bigger hand to my teammates. I feel this bond with Napoli very close to my heart.
“I had the good fortune to play for this club and want to become a flag for the fans. A few years ago people turned their noses up at Napoli. I dare them to do that now.”
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