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Friday December 6 2019
Gotti: 'Udinese finally a team'

Caretaker manager Luca Gotti was pleased to finally see Udinese "play as a team" this week and hopes they can take that approach against Napoli.

It kicks off on Saturday at 17.00 GMT, click here for a match preview.

Napoli travel to the Dacia Arena with only one win in their last seven games, but Gotti is taking nothing for granted.

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Friday December 6 2019
Coppa Italia Round of 16 draw

The Coppa Itallia Round of 16 draw was made today, as Napoli, Lazio, Inter, Fiorentina, Milan, Torino, Parma and Juventus are the hosts.

This is still a one-off match, to be decided after 90 minutes, extra time or penalties, so home advantage could be key.

That is why the order of the teams was decided in this afternoon's Lega Serie A draw.

Napoli will play Massimo Oddo’s Perugia at the Stadio San Paolo, whilst Lazio will host Cremonese at the Stadio Olimpico.

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Friday December 6 2019
Official: Nice to sign Durmisi

Nice will sign Lazio left-back Riza Durmisi on loan with option to buy in January, it has been confirmed.

The deal was confirmed in a statement on Nice’s official website this afternoon, with Durmisi having already undergone a medical and put pen to paper.

The 25-year-old joined Lazio from Real Betis in the summer of 2018 for a reported €7.5m.

However, he made just 19 appearances in all competitions last season and has been completely frozen out by Simone Inzaghi this term.

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Friday December 6 2019
Allan out of Udinese match

Napoli will have to cope without Allan against Udinese, but Dries Mertens has recovered from illness in time to be included in this weekend's squad.

Allan, who has been suffering from two fractured ribs, joins Arkadiusz Milik, Faouzi Ghoulam and Kevin Malcuit on the sidelines as Napoli try to bounce back from a winless run of eight games.

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NEWS
Thursday December 5 2019
€20m Haaland release clause?

RB Salzburg hitman Erling Braut Haaland reportedly has a release clause worth just €20m, with Napoli eager to make a January swoop.

According to German newspaper Das Bild, there need not be a bidding war for the 19-year-old Norway international forward.

It’s claimed there is a clause in his contract allowing him to walk away if a club offered to pay €20m.

There are sides lining up all over Europe for his services, from Manchester United to Borussia Dortmund and Napoli.

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Thursday December 5 2019
Koulibaly injury scare for Napoli

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is in doubt to feature against Udinese or KRC Genk after suffering a shoulder injury.

The Senegal international fell heavily on to his left shoulder during this morning’s training session.

According to Sky Sport Italia, it’s not yet clear when Koulibaly will be available to start.

As Kostas Manolas has also been struggling with bruised ribs for several weeks, Carlo Ancelotti is down to the bare bones.

Napoli host Udinese on Saturday, hoping to end a lengthy winless streak in Serie A.

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Thursday December 5 2019
What next for Napoli?

With Napoli seemingly no closer to ending their bad run, Marcello Cossali-Francis asks whether they should stick with Carlo Ancelotti or turn to Gennaro Gattuso...

Well, who would have thought at the end of last season that Napoli would be in the position they currently find themselves in?

Carlo Ancelotti and his troubled side sit seventh in Serie A following another defeat last weekend – to fellow strugglers Bologna, at home – and are now eight points behind the Champions League places, 17 behind pace-setters Inter. The season is almost already a write-off and it all appears to be their own doing. 

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Thursday December 5 2019
Serie A Week 15 referees

The referees for Serie A Week 15 are announced, with Michael Fabbri given Lazio-Juventus and Gianpaolo Calvarese officiating Inter-Roma

Calvarese has been handed the whistle for when Roma travel to San Siro on Friday night, and the experienced referee is familiar with both teams.

Inter have only lost three times in 13 games with the 43-year-old in charge, whilst Roma are hoping for another penalty as Calvarese has awarded them five in their 16 games with him as referee.

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Thursday December 5 2019
Callejon to reunite with Rafa?

Jose Callejon could be on his way out of Napoli as his former coach Rafa Benitez reportedly wants to bring him to Dalian Yifang in China.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolò Schira, Benitez is tempting Callejon - a player the coach signed for Napoli in 2013 - with an offer of €10m a season.

The winger has previously been linked with moves away from the Partenopei, and it is thought he would consider a reunion with his fellow Spaniard.

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Thursday December 5 2019
Lasagna: 'Left everything on the pitch'

Kevin Lasagna says Udinese “wanted to make up for a bad performance” against Lazio after they beat Bologna 4-0 in the Coppa Italia.

After back-to-back losses to Sampdoria and Lazio, Lasagna helped Udinese thrash their Serie A rivals with an injury-time goal to set up a last-16 tie with Napoli next month.

“We are happy,” he told Rai Sport. “We wanted to make up for the bad performance in Rome.

“This win is very good for the group. We have worked so much on our competitiveness.

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