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Napoli sporting director Giuntoli has mixed news

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Napoli is confident of securing the future of Dries Mertens but admit the future of manager Gennaro Gattuso is still up in the air after a family tragedy.

Napoli has had an indifferent season, after parting company early on with manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Gennaro Gattuso took over and steadied the ship.

But the team is still left languishing back in sixth place.

Inner turmoil with the outspoken owner, Aurelio De Laurentiis has not helped the situation, as well as a number of the club’s star players being linked with a summer exit.

The likes of Kalidou Koulibaly have been constantly linked with a move away from the club.

Added to that has been the likes of Dries Mertens possibly leaving on a free transfer at the end of the season too.

Sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli has been able to shed some light on the club’s progress in building for the future.

While there was some good news, it does not seem to be all plain sailing for the club.

Speaking to Sky Sports Italia he is confident that Mertens and Ruiz will be at the club net season.

He said:

“Things are moving forward with Mertens.”

“There’s a will on both sides to continue together, we hope to formalize the renewal shortly.”

“Fabian has a three-year contract and we’ll talk next year about a renewal. I think he’ll stay with Napoli.”

As for Jose Callejon, there is still some doubt.

He added:

“With Callejon, we’re waiting. He hasn’t decided what he wants to do with his future.”

“If he leaves, he’ll finish the season with us, anyway.”

News that there is doubt surrounding the future of Gattuso following the tragic death of his sister will be of serious concern to the club and its fans.

Giuntoli continued:

“Rino has brought a lot. The will of the club is to carry on with him.”

“Unfortunately, he was hit by a very serious loss, and we’re all shaken.”

“It’s a delicate moment. We’ll go on together I think that’s obvious.”

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