Transfer news

Mane man Inler the pride of Napoli

July 11, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Gokhan Inler has been unveiled as a new signing at Napoli, but shocked reporters at the press conference by appearing in a lion mask.

Footage courtesy of Sky Italia

Flamboyant Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis managed to persuade the Swiss midfielder to don the lion's head, before the player dropped a hint when he turned around to reveal the No. 88 on his shirt.

After revealing himself, Inler said: "All that matters is Napoli and every game will be important as we are in three competitions [Serie A, Champions League, and Coppa Italia].

"I decided to come to Napoli a long time ago and now this is a new chapter in my career and I want to give my best. I want to win here for the fans."

The transfer saga had been given a deadline of Monday by Udinese, with reports suggesting that a €12 million agreement was reached. Whatever the price, Inler is sure to be the pride of Napoli when he finally makes his debut.