Tuesday April 19 2011
Inler: 'Why I didn't celebrate...'

Gokhan Inler denies he refused to celebrate against Napoli because he has a deal, but the Udinese star's agent has a different version of events.

The midfielder raised eyebrows when he scored the opening goal in Udinese's 2-1 victory at the San Paolo on Sunday night and pointedly did not celebrate.

The fact he has been reportedly in talks for a summer transfer to Napoli contributed to the speculation.

“I have many friends in Switzerland who are Napoli supporters and they asked me not to score. Out of respect to them, I responded that way,” said Inler.

“I had also done it in the Coppa Italia against Milan for the same reason, but all this chaos hadn't happened that time.

“My heart is black and white and I think I proved that with my performance against Napoli. I'm sorry if I offended anyone, as it was not my intention. Once I got back to the locker room, I shouted my joy and embraced my teammates.

“My future has absolutely not been decided and I haven't signed for another club.”

Unfortunately, Inler's agent has a slightly different take on the matter and one that raised even more suspicion.

“He didn't celebrate out of respect for the Napoli fans, as he knows that they love him,” claimed agent Lamberti.

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