As the crisis continues behind the scenes at Napoli, club legend Dries Mertens could be set to join one of the Serie A side’s biggest rivals.
A civil war between the players and owner Aurelio De Laurentiis is currently threatening to engulf the team’s season.
Now Corriere dello Sport and Gazetta dello Sport are reporting that they could be set to lose one of their most influential players, stating that Mertens has agreed to join Inter Milan as a free agent next summer.
It is said that terms have already been agreed and he’ll join on a two year contract worth €6m per season.
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Struggling AC Milan have no choice but to face the challenge of Serie A leaders Juventus ‘head-on’, insists head coach Stefano Pioli.
The Rossoneri have barely improved since Pioli replaced Marco Giampaolo in mid-October, taking only four points from four games, with the solitary win of that run a poor 1-0 against lowly Spal.
A trip to reigning champions Juve would not be the preferred next fixture for a side in desperate need of a lift, but the calendar dictates they must visit Turin on Sunday night.
Pioli told acmilan.com:
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Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis is reportedly set to drop players’ wages by a quarter as the club’s civil war continues to erupt behind the scenes.
The club’s players and manager Carlo Ancelotti are in a furious stand-off with De Laurentiis which is threatening to engulf their season.
In an act of mutiny, Napoli’s players refused to report to a training base organised by the chairman following their Champions League draw with Salzburg.
Now Tuttosport, are reporting that the club’s famously fiery owner ‘wants to dock players wages by 25%’ as a punishment.
Antonio Conte saw “an important response” to Inter’s Champions League defeat, as they fought back to beat Verona. “We’re going beyond the rosiest expectations.”
The Nerazzurri threw away a 2-0 lead away to Borussia Dortmund midweek to lose 3-2, but in Serie A managed to turn around a Valerio Verre penalty to beat Hellas Verona 2-1 at San Siro.
“I saw an important response to the game in Dortmund, despite the fact we went behind and faced an uphill struggle against a team that man-marks,” Conte told Sky Sport Italia.
Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte has played down his tirade about his squad after they threw away a two-goal lead against Borussia Dortmund in midweek.
The Nerazzurri manager criticised the depth of his squad and suggested the players at his disposal lack the strength of character and knowhow to win trophies after his sidein the tie.
And now Conte has explained what he was trying to achieve from his post-match comments on Tuesday night.
‘It wasn’t a post-match rant but simply a constructive address,’ he said in his press conference ahead of Inter’s clash against Verona on Saturday.
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Antonio Conte continued his rant against Inter’s transfer strategy after defeat in Dortmund. “Apart from Diego Godin, these players haven’t won anything and lack experience.”
The Nerazzurri were leading 2-0 at half-time only to fall 3-2 in the Champions League trip to Borussia Dortmund.
“We have too limited a squad to face both Serie A and Champions League football this season. I mean limited both in terms of numbers and quality,” Conte told Sport Mediaset.
“Some players have to be on the field constantly and in the long run, you do pay for that. I am furious, because this cancels out all the good work.”
Antonio Conte was both disappointed and furious after a 3-2 defeat at Borussia Dortmund. “Big mistakes were made in planning this season. I am fed up of saying it.”
Just like with Barcelona, the Nerazzurri dominated the first half and had a comfortable lead only to fall apart entirely after the break.
This time, they were 2-0 up through Lautaro Martinez and Matias Vecino goals, but Achraf Hakimi ran riot and scored twice, while creating constant problems down the Dortmund right.
“It was the same thing that happened in Barcelona. In fact, this was worse, as we had a two-goal advantage,” shrugged a visibly downhearted Conte on Sky Sport Italia.
Inter once again had a dominant first half Champions League display ruined by collapsing after the break, as they went from 2-0 up to lose 3-2 at Borussia Dortmund.
This was a head-to-head for second place in the group, as they were together on four points. Dortmund lost 2-0 at San Siro, so the scoreline here could be just as important as simply who wins. There was a surprise result in this group earlier, as Barcelona were held 0-0 at home by Slavia Prague.
Inter director Beppe Marotta maintains reaching the Champions League last 16 would be “a diploma,” but still only a step in the process.
“Aside from the strength of our opponents, they also have this incredible support that will cheer them on to the last minute,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia ahead of the match with Dortmund.
“I have confidence, as the team is growing day by day, there is a clear upward trajectory and progress is made in every area.
Roberto Mancini has extended his contract as Italy boss until 2022 after sealing qualification for Euro 2020.
Mancini has honoured a clause in his deal to commit his future for another three years, having transformed Italy’s fortunes since taking charge in May 2018.
Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup less than two years ago but the former Manchester City boss has guided his side to seven wins out of seven in Euro 2020 qualification.
Italy’s latest victory, a 2-0 victory over Greece, booked their place at the tournament next summer and prompted Mancini to put pen to paper on an extension.
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