Tuesday May 21 2013
ADL denies Benitez meeting

Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis has denied that he met with Rafa Benitez yesterday, while he’s admitted an interest in Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko.

Reports this morning claimed that ADL had flown to London for talks with out-going Chelsea manager Benitez as he looks for a Walter Mazzarri replacement.

“I didn’t go to London to meet with Benitez,” he stated. “I went to prepare for the launch of the Steve Jobs film in Europe.

“I’ve spoken with a lot of Coaches in the last six months because I knew that Mazzarri would leave at the end of the season.

“Who will I hire? Certainly someone who is up to the standards of Napoli. I need to understand which people will be by my side over the next few years.”

The Stadio San Paolo chief also revealed an interest in Bosnian striker Dzeko should City want to sign Edinson Cavani.

“I’ve asked sporting director Riccardo Bigon to go and speak to City about Cavani and to negotiate for Dzeko.”

The Uruguayan international striker has a €63m release fee inserted into his contract.