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De Laurentiis: Cavani will stay

March 23, 2013
By ESPN staff

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis is confident star striker Edinson Cavani will remain at the club for next season.

Edinson Cavani
AssociatedDe Laurentiis is confident Edinson Cavani will stay at Napoli

The Uruguayan striker has been a hot topic in the transfer rumour mill recently, with many of Europe’s elite clubs jockeying for the 26-year-old’s signature.

But despite the club’s circling, De Laurentiis believes Cavani’s price-tag will prove too high for many of the player’s suitors.

“Cavani will stay, as I think only two clubs in the world can spend the €70m needed to activate his buy-out clause,” continued De Laurentiis.

“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.”

However, the Napoli president did open the door for the exit of coach Walter Mazzarri, despite his reluctance to see the back of the man who has taken Napoli to second place in the Serie A this season.

“I won’t swap Mazzarri for anyone, but it depends only on him,” De Laurentiis said. “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.”

But should De Laurentiis’ worst fears eventuate, and the club were to lose either Cavani or Mazzarri, the president is confident the club’s strong squad would soften the blow. 

“We will not disappoint the fans,” said 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.“