Wednesday February 23 2011
De Laurentiis: Napoli like Barca

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has spoken of his desire to model the club on Barcelona.

The 61-year-old movie mogul has big plans for Napoli especially in light of their recent success.

Walter Mazzarri's side currently lie second in Serie A, just three points behind League leaders Milan.

Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, he said: "Four years ago we didn't exist in the European standings.

"Three years ago, we were 300th. Now we are in 29th place. It means that from nothing, we have worked well.

"The next step is to build a Barcelona-style Napoli by winning but also entertaining. Otherwise imagine what boredom."

Asked to reveal what he would say if Napoli were to receive an offer for Edinson Cavani, he laughed: "I'd simply respond thanks. And goodbye."

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