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Wednesday January 17 2018
Was Verdi right to reject Napoli?

Simone Verdi was the primary January transfer target, but the Bologna starlet had to focus on his own development first, writes Vilizar Yakimov.

“I dоn’t want to leave Bologna this month. I preferred to stay here and continue with a growing project until June.” That was Simone Verdi’s confession shortly after increasing reports stated that he is almost certain to join league leaders Napoli before the end of January. The Milan youth product was highlighted as the Partenopei’s No. 1 target for the current transfer window, as Verdi’s name was listed ahead of the likes of another ex-Rossonero Gerard Deulofeu and Paris Saint-Germain’s Lucas Moura.

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Saturday January 13 2018
Napoli to offer Mertens new deal?

It is reported that Napoli are preparing to offer star forward Dries Mertens a new contract.

The 30-year-old currently has a deal at the San Paolo that expires in the summer of 2020.

While this is still over two years away, La Repubblica claims that the Partenopei are concerned by the fact Mertens’ deal still contains a €28m release clause.

According to the Italian daily, Partenopei President Aurelio De Laurentiis is keen to eliminate the clause as it is not a fair reflection of the player’s form over the last few seasons.

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Tuesday January 9 2018
Mertens open to clause change

Napoli are ready to renegotiate the Dries Mertens contract to increase or even remove the €28m release clause.

The deal was only signed in May 2017 and included a clause that raised quite a few eyebrows even at the time.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the Partenopei are worried he will be tempted away over the summer and are eager to discuss a different contract.

Mertens has said he’s open to increasing the release clause, but only in exchange for a higher salary.

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Sunday December 31 2017
Wk19: And then there were two

A set of freakish occurrences closed out 2017 and at the midway point Serie A is starting to look like a two-horse race, writes Susy Campanale.

The final round of 2017 was also the midway point of the season and for the first time really started to look like a two-horse race. Napoli have seemingly managed to ride out their difficult spell and clinch the title of Winter Champions, while Juventus rediscovered Paulo Dybala’s confidence to stick with the leaders and power into 2018. As for the rest, they’re stuck in 2017.

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Saturday December 30 2017
Vrenna: 'Penalty snub scandalous'

Crotone director general Raffaele Vrenna said the decision not to award a penalty against Napoli was “scandalous” in their 1-0 defeat.

Last night, a Marek Hamsik goal proved the difference at the Stadio Scida.

However, on 65 minutes there was a controversial incident when a corner struck Dries Mertens on the arm. Although his arm was flush with his torso, he also seemed to lean and move the arm towards the ball.

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Friday December 29 2017
Sarri: 'Statistics are worthless'

Maurizio Sarri called the status of Winter Champions “worthless” and shrugged off Napoli statistics, but insists Crotone didn’t deserve a penalty.

The 1-0 victory at the Stadio Scida was secured by a Marek Hamsik goal, meaning the Partenopei are top of the table at the midway stage of the season.

Napoli have been extraordinary in 2017, the only side in Europe’s top five leagues unbeaten on their travels (W18 D2) amassing 96 Serie A points.

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Friday December 29 2017
Zenga: 'Astonished by penalty'

Crotone Coach Walter Zenga was “genuinely astonished” that they did not receive a penalty against Napoli. “I can’t explain it.”

Although Federico Ceccherini had a penalty appeal in stoppages waved away for seeking contact with Christian Maggio, there was another controversial incident on 65 minutes.

A corner was whipped to the near post and Mertens charged it down with his upper arm. Although his arm was flush with the torso, there did seem to be some movement towards the ball.

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Saturday December 23 2017
Napoli Player Ratings v Sampdoria

Marek Hamsik got the winning goal and record, but Allan and Dries Mertens were the Napoli heroes against Sampdoria.

Words: Greg Murray - @Muzza__G

Two early Sampdoria goals gave Napoli a scare, and Marco Giampaolo’s men worked hard to nullify the Azzuri’s passing game. However, two quickfire goals from Lorenzo Insigne and Marek Hamsik ensured that all three points went to the Partenopei.

Pepe Reina – 5.5

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Saturday December 23 2017
Sarri: 'Samp tried to play'

Maurizio Sarri praised both the Napoli comeback in a 3-2 victory and Sampdoria for taking the lead twice. “They’re the only team who tried to play football.”

The Partenopei twice came back from a goal down at the Stadio San Paolo to snatch it with Marek Hamsik.

“It was a game packed with incidents that didn’t go our way,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium.

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Wednesday December 20 2017
VIDEO: Napoli pyjama party!

Napoli midfielder Jorginho celebrated his 26th birthday with his teammates by having a pyjama party in a bowling alley.

The Italy international, born in Brazil, turned 26 today and decided to mark the occasion with the rest of the Partenopei squad.

They hired a bowling alley and all turned up in their pyjamas, sharing images and videos of the party on social media.

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