Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis had said he would not sign any African players in the future because of the African Cup of Nations in the middle of the season.
While making the surprising comments he assured that, as long as he is in charge, the Neapolitan club will not sign any more African players.
“I am not going to sign any more African players. I will only do it if they give up playing in the Africa Cup of Nations, then we don’t have them at our disposal.
We pay their salaries so they can go and play with the others,” he told ‘Wall Street Italia’.
Last season, Napoli were unable to count on Kalidou Koulibaly for the month of January, as the centre-back was away with his national team for the continental tournament.
Meawhile, De Laurentiis defended the possibility of creating a Super League: “We are cretins who accept to play 50 games.
The five big leagues should start a new tournament. They already have fake competitions like the Champions League, the Europa League. Now they created the nonsense of the Conference League”.
“I was against the Super League, because they were privileged and invited others. Instead, a new championship should be created with the top six teams from the five big leagues,” he argued.
Finally, he spoke about a possible sale of Napoli: “The funds are obsessed with buying Napoli. They offered me 900 million and 2000 for my whole group, but I am a ‘tifosi’. I don’t want to be a pensioner yet, at 73 I still enjoy my work.