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De Laurentiis, satisfied by Ancelotti’s first season

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10: Aurelio De Laurentiis, owner of Napoli is surrounded by media during a SSC Napoli training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League C match against Liverpool at Anfield on December 10, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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The Napoli president believes this has been a very good season for his team, even if they couldn’t lift the Italian Scudetto.

In Carlo Ancelotti’s first season with Italian Lega Serie A club Napoli, the team will be able to finish in the second position of the table with 73 points.

They are far behind champions Juventus, but they managed to qualify to the UEFA Champions League.

And for Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis, it has been a good season under Ancelotti.

“Ancelotti’s first season? I am very satisfied,” the president told Calcio Mercato.

“We must never forget that Ronaldo is an unimaginable plus and that Juventus had a coaching continuity, we changed coaches and we had to start from scratch.”

“We are 10 points above Inter, 14 above Milan and 15 above Roma, despite spending much less. A vote for Ancelotti? Eight. He arrived in a context he did not know, in an Italian football completely different from what he had known,” he explained.

“Insigne to renew his contract? At most, it will be an extension. If he wants to stay with us for life, then he tells us and we discuss on how to keep him for life and make him become a further symbol of the club and city, even if his Neapolitans is already seen.”

“He is Neapolitan and has all the credentials to be captain. But these are things you need to want, wat and implement them also by taking the locker room. A true captain is not only the one that wears the armband but also the one who knows how to speak to the team and knows how to convince it to be able to reach certain goals,” he said.

“Trippier and Lozano? We have a lot of names on our list but it is more important to take care of the sales because last year we had to send important players to Parma and other clubs. We can’t buy more players to make them play elsewhere.”