Saturday July 15 2017
ADL: 'It is Napoli's year'

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis described his ‘Mister X’ transfer idea and Scudetto ambitions. “This is the year, we hope.”

The Azzurri finished third last season, but while the other Serie A sides have revamped and reshuffled, consistency may well be their greatest strength.

“We have not sold anyone, instead we bought some players, so this is the year, we hope,” De Laurentiis told Mediaset Premium.

“Maurizio Sarri is a great influence for all the players, who are so happy to continue working with him. We are a big family where there are no clashes or grumbles and everything works perfectly.”

The President has repeatedly mentioned targeting ‘Mister X’ on the market this summer, but won’t reveal who it is.

“It was my idea to buy one or two players and leave them where they are to mature so they could then come next June. We are verifying if it’s all right or not, as the risk is that there could be big expectations and failure to meet them would be treated as dramatic.”

Milan have reinforced a great deal with the likes of Leonardo Bonucci, Andre Silva, Hakan Calhanoglu and Ricardo Rodriguez.

“I am very pleased, because Serie A needs to be at the top level. I have always said that there are six clubs at the top of the tree and the others, with all due respect, are sparring partners. We need to improve that and create more quality all round.”

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