Napoli will only sign African players if they sign CAN waiver, owner says

Soccer Football – Serie A – Empoli v Napoli – Stadio Carlo Castellani, Empoli, Italy – April 24, 2022 Napoli fans inside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Ciro de Luca

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Aug 3 (Reuters) – Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis said on Tuesday he would not sign any more African players unless they agreed to sit out the Africa Cup of Nations.

Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly – now at Chelsea in the Premier League – and Cameroonian midfielder Andre Zambo Anguissa missed several Napoli games while on international duty at this year’s AFCON, which took place between January and February.

“Or they sign a waiver giving up their right to participate in the Africa Cup of Nations tournaments or between the AFCON and the South American championships… I never have them (the Napoli players) available,” he said. he said at a conference in Wall Street Italia. To display.

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He criticized clubs for accepting more and more games, suggesting a European tournament with the top clubs from the five strongest countries instead of the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League.

“The world of football cannot manage itself because we are doing the puppet show for others… if we could play 100 games it would be a happy ending for everyone and we (the clubs) as morons are doomed. okay with that.”

The Italian film producer also said he did not support the breakaway European Super League which folded less than 48 hours after it was announced last year because it was an elite club.

“You can’t create a super club of privileged members who invite others (to the league). You have to democratically keep the door open to everyone,” he said.

The Italian film producer added that he was fed up with offers from investment funds for the club, adding that he was offered 900 million euros around four to five years ago by US investors .

“You (the bidders) got it wrong (about me). I’m a pure entrepreneur who loves doing business…let me play,” he said.

“I want to be the 12th player on the pitch. In fact, the 12th player is the fan, I can be the 13th or even the 14th, because 14 is my favorite number.”

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Reporting by Silvia Recchimuzzi in Gdansk; Editing by Stephen Coates

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