Saturday March 2 2019
ADL: 'Napoli are over Icardi'

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis insists they are no longer seeking Inter outcast Mauro Icardi. “You get over some crushes.”

The Partenopei had tried to sign Icardi last year and his agent Wanda Nara confirmed some initial negotiations.

Now that the Argentine is in an increasingly bitter row with his club, could a summer move to the Stadio San Paolo be on the cards?

“You get over some crushes, they live in the moment,” De Laurentiis told the Corriere dello Sport newspaper.

“We’ve all been through it as young lads. You feel the heart beat fast in the summer, then you go back to school, see that classmate again and smile. It’s difficult to reproduce those sentiments and situations.

“We’re not making a collection of Number 9s. We’ve lowered the average age of the squad and will continue along the philosophy that brought us to Alex Meret and Fabian Ruiz, but also Kevin Malcuit. Who could’ve known he’d be so effective?”

De Laurentiis was asked if Hirving Lozano and Pablo Fornals of Villarreal fit the profile.

“It’s true that I like both of them, but that is not enough, as you well know. Every year there are new actors who had little attention and then leap into the spotlight. There are agents who make apparently simple situations much more complicated.”

The President did, however, confirm Piotr Zielinski and Arkadiusz Milik have agreed new contracts.

“They are part of the family. Unless someone falls in love with somebody else, I imagine they’ll be in our future for a long time.”