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Ancelotti convinced me to stay, says Ounas

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Napoli midfielder Adam Ounas has revealed the role Carlo Ancelotti played in helping him make a decision about his future at the club.

Ounas could have left the club in search of playing time, but Ancelotti managed to convince him to stay.

“When I came back for the start of pre-season I wasn’t sure whether I’d be staying here,” Ounas told Radio Kiss Kiss.

“Then I spoke to Ancelotti and he said he was counting on me and that I’d get opportunities to play. Since then I’ve been very happy to stay at Napoli.

“It’s so important to feel the coach believes in you. Ancelotti talks to all the players and he encourages me. It inspires me and my team-mates to work really hard in training.”

Ounas spoke about his cameo as a sub for Napoli in their 3-0 defeat to Sampdoria.

“I’m happy I got to come on against Sampdoria but I’m sorry we lost. I tried to play to my strengths and beat my man whenever I could. It’s a shame we couldn’t get back in the game.

“Defeats happen but we must continue on our path and make sure we’re ready on Saturday and try and win”