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Monday December 11 2017
Verdi: 'I won't leave Bologna'

Simone Verdi assures he won’t leave Bologna in January, despite Inter and Napoli interest. “I want to end the season here.”

The winger is the most two-footed player in Serie A, as confirmed by his ability to score two free kicks – one left-footed, one right – during the same match.

“I am definitely not leaving Bologna in January, as I want to end the season here,” Verdi told Sky Sport Italia.

“That doesn’t necessarily mean I’m staying for several more years, but I am happy here.”

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Monday December 11 2017
Shakhtar: 'Roma a good draw'

Shakhtar Donetsk Coach Paulo Fonseca and CEO Sergei Palkin both claim facing Roma in the Champions League is “a good draw for us.”

The Ukraine club knocked Napoli out in the group phase and will take on another Italian in the Round of 16.

“Roma is not the worst option, given that the possible rivals included Barcelona, PSG and Manchester United. I reсkon this is a good draw for us,” said CEO Palkin on the club’s official website.

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Monday December 11 2017
Milik to resume training soon

Arkadiusz Milik is ready to resume training with Napoli in three weeks after his torn anterior cruciate ligament.

The striker has been very unlucky in his Partenopei career, damaging his ACL twice in under a year.

His second injury was in September and he had a check-up today at the Villa Stuart clinic in Rome, 77 days after the surgery.

According to the latest reports, Milik will be given the all-clear to resume training at the start of January.

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Monday December 11 2017
Koulibaly 'can be more dominant'

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly “can become even more dominant” in future, said the Senegal international’s agent.

“A player can always improve,” Bruno Satin told Radio Kiss Kiss.

“Kalidou has already reached a good level, but he can get stronger in the air to become even more dominant in future.”

The Partenopei have hit problems in recent weeks, going out of the Champions League and sliding down the Serie A standings.

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Monday December 11 2017
RB Leipzig: 'Napoli one of the best'

RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff is not happy with the Europa League draw. “Napoli are one of the best teams who left the Champions League.”

The Round of 32 tie has the first leg at the Stadio San Paolo on February 15.

“It is certainly not an easy task, because Napoli are one of the best teams who dropped down from the Champions League,” Mintzlaff told TMW Radio.

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Monday December 11 2017
Vrsaljko says yes to Napoli?

It’s reported Sime Vrsaljko has made it clear he’s willing to move to Napoli, who will offer €20m to Atletico Madrid.

The full-back has been heavily linked with the Partenopei, who need reinforcements after Faouzi Ghoulam’s cruciate ligament injury.

Now Rai journalist Ciro Venerato has told Radio CRC that there has been a telephone conversation between Vrsaljko’s agent, Giuseppe Riso, and Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli.

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Monday December 11 2017
Jorginho agent: ‘Different league in winter’

Jorginho’s agent says Napoli just have to get through the tough winter period to put together a Scudetto challenge.

The Partenopei have scored just three times in their past five games, and drew 0-0 with Chievo at the weekend, missing the chance to return to the top of Serie A.

“Clearly the players have to be managed,” Joao Santos explained to Radio Crc.

“The data on goals isn’t just bad luck, Napoli played two midweek matches with Manchester City, and yesterday Fiorentina played anti-football.

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Monday December 11 2017
EL: Atalanta face Dortmund

There were mixed fortunes for the Italian teams in the Europa League draw, with Atalanta facing a tough tie with Borussia Dortmund.

Today saw the Last 32 draw, with Napoli dropping down from the Champions League to join the Orobici, Lazio and Milan.

Atalanta were given a tough tie with Borussia Dortmund, while Napoli take on German side RB Leipzig.

Milan will take on Bulgaria’s Ludogorets, with the first leg in Razgrad on February 15 and the return at San Siro the following week.

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Monday December 11 2017
Three goals in five games for Napoli

Napoli have scored just three goals in their last five Serie A games, and have gone scoreless for two matches for the first time since 2014.

The Partenopei were held to a 0-0 draw by Fiorentina yesterday, with that result following a 1-0 defeat at home to Juventus.

That is the first time Maurizio Sarri’s side have failed to score in consecutive games since the Coach took over, and the first consecutive scoreless games since September 2014.

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Monday December 11 2017
Wk16: Stalemate synchronicity

It was a weekend of dire draws, but some sides tried harder than others to break that deadlock, writes Susy Campanale.

This was an historic weekend, as Juventus, Napoli, Roma and Inter had not all played goalless draws in the same matchday since Week 17 of the 1965-66 campaign. I’d love to say it was not for want of trying, but that wouldn’t be entirely true. Some tried considerably harder than others.

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