Napoli Manager Optimistic About Spalletti’s Continued Tenure Amid Contract Negotiation Pause

    Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is confident manager Luciano Spalletti will stay with the Scudetto contenders after his contract expires at the end of the season.

    It looks like Napoli are destined to win their first Serie A title since Diego Maradona this campaign, 19 points clear of Lazio.

    After accumulating a club-record 71 points in the first 27 games of the Serie A season, Napoli will also play Milan in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final next month.

    Napoli reportedly have the option to extend Spalletti’s contract by 12 months, as the 64-year-old had previously ruled out negotiating new terms before the title was secured.

    De Laurentiis isn’t worried about Spalletti leaving.

    Speaking at an event in Naples, De Laurentiis recalled: “To confuse everyone, I went after (Sergio) Conceição and (Massimiliano) Allegri, who came four times to give me football lessons in my office.

    “Eventually Luciano came back to get us back in the top three in Italy and something else could have happened last year.

    “If the rules of football were different, perhaps we would have brought the Scudetto to Naples several times already. Spalletti will stay in Naples.”

    Napoli will host Milan in their next Serie A match on April 2, while the Champions League round of 16 first leg against the Rossoneri will take place 10 days later at the San Siro.

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