Friday July 1 2016
Witsel confirms Napoli-Everton talks

Axel Witsel’s agent confirmed talks with both Everton and the Partenopei. “He knows Napoli would be a step forward in his career.”

The Belgium and Zenit midfielder takes to the pitch in tonight’s Euro 2016 quarter-final against Wales in Lille.

There were reports in the British media of an Everton deal worth €35m, but his father and agent assured that’s very premature.

“It’s true we met (Napoli director Cristiano) Giuntoli over the last few days in Brussels, it was a positive chat and there could be interest from both sides, so we’ll see how the situation evolves,” Thierry Witsel told Radio CRC.

“The interest from Everton is concrete, as is Napoli’s, so negotiations are in progress and until a marriage can be made we want to understand the conditions, deciding what is the best destination for the player.

“At this moment Axel is focused on the Euros, so there is no deadline to make a decision. Napoli are a great club and had among their protagonists Diego Maradona, so they don’t need presentation.

“Dries Mertens also spoke very highly of Napoli to Axel, so he knows perfectly well that a move to Napoli would mean joining a big club and making a step forward in his career.

“Axel knows Italy, he spent some vacation time in the country and knows Napoli well on a sporting level. They are one of the best clubs in Italy and that is something to take into consideration.

“I haven’t yet booked another appointment with Giuntoli, but we will talk over the next few days.”

Unlike Everton, Napoli have a guaranteed spot in the Champions League group phase next season.