Spalletti will leave Napoli, president confirms

Spalletti will leave Napoli, president confirms

Faruq Ibrahim 22:47 - 28.05.2023

Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti will leave the club at the end of the season according to he club's president.

After weeks of cryptic messages on Luciano Spalletti's future, Napoli President Aurelio de Laurentiis has confirmed that the coach will not be at the helm next season.

Spalletti led I Partenopei to their first league title in 33 years; however, he will not attempt a defence, as he asked to leave the club at the end of the season. 

What De Laurentiis said 

According to Fabrizio Romano, the brains behind Napoli's on-field brilliance that has led them to a historic Scudetto title, Spalletti, will exit the club as confirmed by president Laurentiis. 

He revealed that Spalletti wanted to take a sabbatical, despite having a year left on his contract, and he could not refuse the coach's request. 

“Yes, Spalletti told me he’d prefer to take a sabbatical year, could I say no? He gave me a lot and I thank him,” Laurentiis said.

“He came to me and said that he’s given his all, that a circle has been closed."

With Victor Osimhen and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia's future still up in the air, and Manchester United reportedly keen on landing Kim Min-Jae, the core of the Napoli side could be dismantled this summer. 

Meanwhile, Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen scored twice for Napoli to give them a healthy two-goal lead, but a spirited fightback from Bologna earned them a point in a 2-2 draw in Serie A.

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