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Sunday November 24 2019
Napoli are a void of inspiration

Napoli and Carlo Ancelotti seem to be completely uninspired, writes Emmet Gates, wasting the quality Milan would love to be able to rely on.

Watching last night’s entertaining but low-quality game between Milan and Napoli, one couldn’t help but notice each side had what the other lacked.

It’s not exactly news to anyone that even casually follows Serie A that Milan and Napoli went into this match under their own personal clouds of self-destruction. Their respective issues are well known and won’t be repeated again here, but what was striking was the difference in effort.

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Saturday November 23 2019
Napoli freeze wages and sell stars?

President Aurelio De Laurentiis is reportedly freezing Napoli salaries, aiming to dock 25 per cent, and sell star names including Kalidou Koulibaly following the ‘mutiny.’

The club has been in a civil war for several weeks, ever since the squad refused orders to go back into a training retreat following the Champions League draw with RB Salzburg on November 5.

A press silence has been imposed, so the players and coach Carlo Ancelotti have been barred from giving their side of the story.

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Sunday November 17 2019
Napoli to dock half squad salary?

President Aurelio De Laurentiis is reportedly trying to sue Napoli players for damages to the club’s image, docking half their salary.

The open warfare between club and squad drags on after the team refused to go back into a training retreat, interrupting the week-long stay several days early.

Ever since then, Napoli have been in lockdown mode, banning their players from speaking to the media.

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Wednesday November 13 2019
No winners at Napoli

When the club, players, coach and fans are all feuding, Marcello Cossali-Francis sees no positive way out of this mess for Napoli.

Politics and Italian football often go hand-in-hand and right now at Napoli, issues off the pitch are threatening to completely derail the current squad, with President Aurelio De Laurentiis at the forefront of everything.

Napoli’s woes on the pitch had led to a scheduled week-long training camp, which De Laurentiis had ordered, only for players to dismiss the camp completely and return to their homes following the Champions League draw with RB Salzburg last week.

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Tuesday November 12 2019
Insigne wife rubbishes Napoli reports

Lorenzo Insigne’s wife has rubbished reports that she is in hiding after a wave of attacks on Napoli players.

Corriere dello Sport claimed earlier today that Jenny Darone had fled Naples to seek refuge at her parents’ home.

It comes after Allan and Piotr Zielinski were targeted by vandals in the city, seemingly in response to their recent poor form and decision to rebel against President Aurelio De Laurentiis.

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Tuesday November 12 2019
Ancelotti plots return to 4-3-3

Carlo Ancelotti is studying ways of helping Napoli out of a difficult period and might look to a 4-3-3 formation to get the most out of Lorenzo Insigne.

Lately Napoli have been dressed up in a 4-4-2 of trade, but Tuttosport claims Ancelotti is contemplating a switch back to a familiar 4-3-3 to help the Partenopei back on track.

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Tuesday November 12 2019
Napoli players fear 'revenge attacks'

Napoli players are reportedly hiring bodyguards and living in fear of 'revenge attacks' from their own fans after Allan and Piotr Zielinski were victims of crime.

This week, 13 of the Partenopei players are on international duty with their respective countries, which will give President Aurelio De Laurentiis time to work on a fine, potentially up to 25 per cent of their salary.

In the aftermath of the player’s refusal to attend a training retreat last week, they are now also living in fear of being attacked by their own ultras.

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Monday November 11 2019
Mertens to lead Napoli exodus?

Napoli are reportedly planning a mass exodus, which could start with Dries Mertens to Inter in January.

Napoli are in full-blown crisis mode after no wins in their last five games, exacerbated by the squad’s refusal to go on a punitive training camp.

With that in mind, Gazzetta dello Sport writes Mertens and Callejon will be the first to go.

Callejon should be China-bound, linking up with Marek Hamsik and Rafa Benitez at Dalian Yifang.

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Thursday November 7 2019
Fans insult Insigne, Allan and Callejon

The Napoli training session has concluded, with Lorenzo Insigne, Allan and Jose Callejon singled out for particular abuse from angry fans, including veiled threats.

The situation has exploded over the last few days, as the club ordered a training retreat in the build-up to the Champions League match with RB Salzburg and Saturday’s Serie A game with Genoa.

However, the players rebelled and refused to go back to the hotel after Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at the Stadio San Paolo.

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Wednesday November 6 2019
Revealed: Insigne's Napoli threat

Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne reportedly led his team’s revolt against Aurelio De Laurentiis through his son and Vice-President Edoardo.

De Laurentiis had already left the San Paolo when he was informed by Edoardo that the Napoli players had not obeyed his orders after the match against RB Salzburg in the Champions League on Tuesday.

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