Napoli will only sign new African or South American players if they agree to skip competitions with their national teams, said the Serie A club’s president Aurelio de Laurentiis.
“I’m not going to have them in the African Cup of Nations or the South American championships,” de Laurentiis said in an interview broadcast on Tuesday night.
Several key Napoli players are African internationals.
Last season they lost Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who has since left for Chelsea, and Cameroonian midfielder Frank Zambo-Anguissa to the African Cup of Nations in January and February.
Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen missed the competition after testing positive for Covid.
“Don’t talk to me about Africans anymore,” de Laurentiis told business website Wall Street Italia.
“I wish them well, but either they sign a waiver for the African Cup or else…”
“Between that tournament and the World Cup qualifiers in South America, these players are never…
Source: Guardian Newspaper