Friday July 15 2011
De Laurentiis on Lucarelli and Inler

Aurelio De Laurentiis confirms Cristiano Lucarelli will play for Napoli, but warns Gokhan Inler not to “get ahead of himself” with Scudetto talk.

There had been a great deal of speculation on Lucarelli's future, but the President confirmed the veteran has another year left in his playing career.

“I called him up and then reached an agreement with Walter Mazzarri, so I can say Lucarelli is one of us again this season.

“He's an expert player who knows how to come off the bench and stick it in the net, while he also proved he can make an impact from the start. He is Napoli's ninth new signing.”

A more literal new arrival is former Udinese midfielder Inler, who declared Napoli could win the Scudetto or Champions League.

“He's getting ahead of himself, but that is pleasing to hear anyway,” continued President De Laurentiis.

“Last season we finished third in Serie A thanks to our own efforts and the errors of others.

“This year we'll try to qualify for the Champions League again, but targeting top spot would be presumptuous and could bring bad luck.”

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