David Trezeguet has revealed that he was close to joining Napoli until boss Walter Mazzarri blocked the switch.
The former French international was being paired with the Azzurri following spells at Juventus and then Hercules.
“Me joining Napoli was a beautiful idea,” the 34-year-old told Sky Sport Italia. “It could have been a positive experience for me and Napoli given their Champions League commitments.
“I think I could have given them something extra with my experience, but their Coach didn’t want me.”
Trezeguet, who spent a decade in Turin following his 2000 move from Monaco, is now playing for River Plate after a year in Spain and a brief stint in the UAE.
“It is a dream of mine to return to Juventus,” the striker continued. “The club have already asked me if I want to have a farewell game.
“I’ve spoken with President Andrea Agnelli about it and I hope to be able to return to Italy to say goodbye to the fans.”