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De Laurentiis on Insigne and Ronaldo

NAPLES, ITALY - NOVEMBER 06: Aurelio De Laurentiis, President of SSC Napoli, looks on prior to the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between SSC Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain at Stadio San Paolo on November 6, 2018 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)
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Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis claims Lorenzo Insigne wanted to leave Napoli and further hinted on his failed move to land Cristiano Ronaldo

Insigne looks set to prolong his stay at Napoli after reports emerged that he was ready to part ways with Napoli.

But De Laurentiis conceded that almost came to fruition as he could not stop his captain from moving on.

“I know that he’s a player of Napoli, a Neapolitan,” he told Sky Sports Italia.

“He’s always shown great attachment to this shirt, but I can’t force him to stay. In the past, he was attacked for being Neapolitan by some who can’t be called fans.

“He’s asked to leave several times, four years ago, six years ago and also recently before reaching an agreement with Raiola, he asked me to leave because he didn’t feel loved.”

The movie mogul once claimed he had been offered Cristiano Ronaldo before he joined Juve, so what does he think about the No 7 now?

“Cristiano Ronaldo’s strong because he’s replaced his Coach with his presence. What’s [Allegri] had to do this season?” he continued.

“The real motivator is Ronaldo, he’s the man of the dressing room. When I saw him play for his national team, I saw him sitting on the bench driving his team and shouting more than his Coach to make them win

“I couldn’t afford him: my parents taught me that you have to always work within your means.

“I don’t have to prove anything to anyone because I’ve always been successful in my life, from the age of 25 when I made my first film.”