Cavani and Mazzarri set to stay at Napoli for the long haul
Napoli’s crown jewel Edinson Cavani is being linked with top notch clubs from around Europe, yet President Aurelio De Laurentiis is confident his Uruguayan asset will remain at the club for next season.
Edinson Cavani will be one of the hottest transfer properties in the football market this summer, but so has been the case for the past two years. Ever since Edinson Cavani moved to Napoli, the Uruguay international has been in top class form for the Serie A outfit.
The 26-year-old’s form has attracted a lot of interest from European powerhouses, who are ready to break their banks in order to acquire his signature. Clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City have been circling over Edinson Cavani since the summer of 2011, but they have been unable to negotiate a transfer deal.
Aurelio De Laurentiis believes the price-tag on Edinson Cavani will prove to be too high for the Uruguayan’s main suitors, which is why Edinson Cavani is expected to stay at Napoli.
“Cavani will stay, as I think only two clubs in the world can spend the €70m needed to activate his buy-out clause,” Aurelio De Laurentiis said. “Cavani has always showed he is very attached to the Napoli jersey. Obviously, a lad of 25 is going to be attracted by the idea of a club like Barcelona or Real Madrid.”
Aurelio De Laurentiis also freed media from speculating about the possible exit of Napoli manager Walter Mazzarri. Aurelio De Laurentiis claims there is no way he would want to get rid of Walter Mazzarri, who has helped Napoli acquire second place on the Serie A table.
“I won’t swap Mazzarri for anyone, but it depends only on him,” Aurelio De Laurentiis continued. “Mazzarri might change president, but I won’t change Mazzarri for another coach.
“I chose him and have been working with him very well for many years. If he is fed up and wants to take a break or go for another experience, then that is purely his decision.”
Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed that his strongest fear was to lose either Edinson Cavani or Walter Mazzarri.
“We will not disappoint the fans,” said Aurelio De Laurentiis. “If Mazzarri remains and Cavani leaves, then we will build a great squad. If even Mazzarri were to leave, then we’ll still have a great squad.”