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Napoli president rubbishes talk of bust-up with Carlo Ancelotti

Aurelio De Laurentiis, Napoli
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Aurelio De Laurentiis dismissed rumours over a fight between himself and Carlo Ancelotti, who is welcome to remain Napoli coach “for another 10 years”.

Reports emerged in the Italian press recently claiming there had a fall-out between De Laurentiis and Ancelotti. Apparently, it got so heated the Napoli manager threatened to walk out before his contract expires in 2021.

It came in light of a difficult start to the new season with Napoli already trailing Serie A leaders Juventus by six points in fourth after seven games.

But De Laurentiis rubbished rumours over a bust-up between himself and Ancelotti. He reckons the newspapers got it all wrong in a desperate attempt to report an exclusive story.

“In recent days I’ve seen it all in important newspapers, even if no-one reads newspapers anymore,” the Napoli president told Sky Sport Italia.

“I didn’t fight with Ancelotti, he can stay here for another 10 years. In cinema, my relationships, like my one with [director Carlo] Verdone, last a long time.

“I’m all for the exclusives, when you want everything right away but get it all wrong.”

Lorenzo Insigne, on the other hand, is a different story after confessing he did exchange words with Ancelotti.

“Insigne’s an excellent sportsman, but he must stay calm, change his attitude and lay off certain things,” said De Laurentiis.

“He’s always had an attitude of discomfort in Naples. I understand him, I protect him and I like him a lot, but he’s always found his situation in Naples to be uncomfortable.

“Therefore, I just want to say that he needs to calm down and become a more peaceful person, but that’s his problem. Neither Raiola nor Ancelotti can resolve that.

“He’s a great player and he can be in good form or bad form. If he’s less so, it’s up to the coach not to play him. Insigne can’t come out cracking jokes or with an ‘almost’ defiant attitude. The coach is a family man, 60 years old, and won’t tell you to get lost because he’s three times your age.”

Carlo Ancelotti, Lorenzo Insigne, Napoli
NAPLES, ITALY – NOVEMBER 28: Coach of SSC Napoli Carlo Ancelotti and player Lorenzo Insigne during the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between SSC Napoli and Red Star Belgrade at Stadio San Paolo on November 28, 2018 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)