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Hamsik’s agent full of praise for Carlo Ancelotti

DUBLIN, IRELAND - AUGUST 04: S.S.C Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti during the international friendly game between Liverpool and Napoli at Aviva Stadium on August 4, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
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Marek Hamsik’s agent has praised Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti for making his client into an ‘almost perfect’ deep-lying playmaker.

Hamsik has taken Jorginho’s role at Napoli after the Italy midfielder signed for Chelsea, and Martin Petras believes Ancelotti has transformed his client. Football Italia reports.

“Marek still needs to improve in his new role, but it’s inevitable that he will,” he said after Napoli’s 2-1 win at Lazio on Saturday.

“Marek has great qualities and I think Ancelotti giving him this new role was excellent, almost perfect. It’ll be a new stimulus for him.

“After all, you can always improve. Look at Federer, who continues to do so despite his age…

“At the end of the game Marek was happy, his team won, it mattered for them and in my opinion he didn’t expect such a result at the Olimpico. No-one else did.

“I think their players will be at peak fitness in a couple of weeks, in time for their Champions League debut.

“Taking him off on 70 minutes? It was hot and a fair decision. It happened to him on Sunday, but it could happen to someone else next time.”