Sunday June 10 2012
De La: 'How we'll strengthen Napoli'

President Aurelio De Laurentiis assures fans Napoli “will reinforce the defence, midfield and wings, but after Goran Pandev we don’t need anyone in attack.”

The Partenopei are on the verge of completing Ezequiel Lavezzi’s sale to PSG and supporters are anxious about the team’s competitiveness.

“We know how to strengthen the squad,” insisted De Laurentiis on Radio Marte.

“Having secured Pandev, we don’t need anyone else in attack, so that is not our priority. We will reinforce the defence, midfield and wings, that is the plan.

“As forwards we also have young talents like Lorenzo Insigne and Eduardo Vargas, so more arrivals would only create confusion in the locker room.”

Insigne spent this season on loan at Pescara, helping them earn promotion from Serie B, while January signing Vargas struggled to find any playing time under Walter Mazzarri.

“Napoli always focus on youth, as we raised so many talents over the years like Lavezzi, Marek Hamsik, Walter Gargano and more.

“The approach of this club is to sow seeds and then reap the rewards for a solid club structure. UEFA President Michel Platini set the new frontier in football when he introduced the Financial Fair Play rule and that is something we must follow. We need everyone to adapt to that philosophy.”

Italy begin their Euro 2012 adventure today against Spain and Hollywood mogul De Laurentiis sent a message.

“I wish Italy the best for success in a fair and sporting fashion by giving their all. We are dealing with great professionals and Cesare Prandelli is an intelligent, charming man. I really believe in the Coach and hope he can bring some joy to the nation.”

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