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Verdi is ‘at Napoli for Ancelotti’

during the International Friendly match between Italy and Netherlands at Allianz Stadium on June 4, 2018 in Turin, Italy.
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Simone Verdi says “my choice to come to Napoli was also dictated by Carlo Ancelotti’s presence” after refusing a move in January and continued to stay at Bologna.

Verdi chose to remain at Bologna until the end of the season to help secure their Serie A status but by the time he came, Maurizio Sarri had left and Ancelotti was on the bench.

“Napoli represents a great opportunity for me and the start of a new level professionally,” the 26-year-old said on Sky Sports via Football Italia.

“When I was at the Milan youth academy, Ancelotti won everything and I had the opportunity to work with him. I must admit, my choice to come here was also dictated by Ancelotti’s presence. I want to learn so much from him at Napoli.”

“Over the last two years at Bologna, I’ve shown that I prefer playing down the right flank, but it goes without saying that I’ll play wherever the Coach asks me to.

“There is a really good atmosphere between the forwards and there is a lot of quality in the squad. I think Ancelotti will find it tough choosing between us all for a starting XI.”

Napoli haven’t had an easy pre-season friendlies including a 5-0 defeat to Liverpool.

“Liverpool were so far ahead of us in terms of fitness preparation that you can’t tell much from that game. We did well against Borussia Dortmund and tomorrow is an important test. We want to win so we can start the Serie A season in a good mood.”