|Aurelio De Laurentiis|
|Job||CEO of Napoli FC|
|Club as Coach||Napoli FC [CEO]|
2013 09 22 Retrieve
[Aurelio De Laurentiis on Dortmund] Dortmund scare me. They are like a monster with three heads. They are an extraordinary team who play good football and are very personable
2014 05 04 Retrieve
[Aurelio De Laurentiis, the Napoli president, on the possibility of re-signing Ezequiel Lavezzi from Paris Saint-Germain] Warmed up soup never tastes as good. Besides, would you take back a wife who cheated on you?
2018 08 15 Retrieve
[The Italian club’s president, Aurelio de Laurentiis, revealed his interest in the Colombia international following an injury to new number one Alex Meret, who broke his arm in training just six days after signing last month] There are four in contention: Ochoa, Mignolet, Ospina and [Ciprian] Tatarusanu. It is true that Ospina could arrive, we are negotiating, there are still some differences on the requests
2019 06 03 Retrieve
[Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has hinted that the club will be announcing a signing on Monday] If we find a right forward we will make a sacrifice. The return of Fabio Quagliarella would be a matter of love and sympathy for a Neapolitan who left for the questions we know. It would be like a form of compensation. On Monday I will give you good news for this summer.
If I find the coach I want to keep him for life because that makes everything easier. For now Ancelotti has proven to be an exemplary traveling companion, an elegant, cultured and friendly person. You can talk about everything with him, not just football. We share many values. The first year served to breathe the Italian climate that had long ago lost. Then he had to understand his players and evaluate them. During the summer we will have to work well and find a striker
2019 06 08 Retrieve
[Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has accused Serie A rivals Inter Milan of attempting to ‘dismantle’ his side by targeting their best players] My staff tells me that Inter wants to dismantle my team and have asked for my strongest players, but I have no intention of selling them - not Piotr Zielinski and not Lorenzo Insigne. Insigne could play in any of the big European teams, but right now he is with Napoli and he is happy.
[De Laurentiis keen to keep the team together and avoid a summer of rebuilding] We are not a supermarket - our players are not for sale unless we buy someone whom we think will make the team stronger. So many teams ask for our players, but they are not for sale
[Napoli could come up against a familiar face next season as Maurizio Sarri has been linked with the vacant Juventus job] I don’t pay attention to the Sarri to Juventus rumours. I am completely detached from this affair. I think that once you turn 18 you are responsible for your own actions, that’s all
2019 06 19 Retrieve
[Aurelio De Laurentiis says Napoli will try to sign James Rodriguez from Real Madrid this summer but will turn their attention to PSV star Hirving Lozano if they fail to land coach Carlo Ancelotti’s first choice] James Rodriguez is Ancelotti’s wish. I don’t know if we need him 100 percent, but his talent isn’t in doubt. I must help my coach. He wants James and I won’t bat an eyelid, even if he’s very expensive.
If James doesn’t go through with Jorge Mendes, we’ll go forward with Mino Raiola about the possibility of taking Lozano
[The Stadio San Paolo club are also looking to invest in their defence by signing Kostas Manolas from Roma to replace Raul Albiol] We’ve been working on Manolas since Albiol announced his desire to leave. With Manolas, however, there are issues with his character. We need our players to be very calm. Roma are another problem because they’ve changed their sporting direction. We’re checking to see if we can sign him at a fair and reasonable price. Manolas is already at a certain age and can’t be resold. He’s fine by me, but we mustn’t waste money and he has a big salary
2019 06 20 Retrieve
[Barcelona and Napoli set for American clash in first La Liga-Serie A Cup] We could not be happier to be playing against Barcelona in the United States. Our club has not visited the country for thirty years and the chance to go back to the American market for these two games and against an opponent like Barca is extraordinary for us
2019 06 21 Retrieve
[Aurelio De Laurentiis on James Rodriguez] James Rodriguez is Ancelotti’s wish. I don’t know if we need him 100 per cent, but his talent isn’t in doubt. I must help my coach. He wants James and I won’t bat an eyelid, even if he’s very expensive.
2019 06 26 Retrieve
[Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has made no attempt to hide the fact that his coach is the driving force behind James Rodriguez’s deal] I don’t know how much he 100 per cent answers our needs. But we certainly can’t put his skill in doubt. At a certain point, one must then empower his coach. James Rodriguez fits the image of what Carlo Ancelotti wants
2019 07 03 Retrieve
[Aurelio De Laurentiis, Napoli’s president, confirmed the club’s interest in the Colombian back in June] James Rodriguez is Ancelotti’s wish. I don’t know if we need him 100 per cent, but his talent isn’t in doubt. I must help my coach. He wants James and I won’t bat an eyelid, even if he’s very expensive
2019 07 11 Retrieve
[Aurelio De Laurentiis says James Rodriguez wants to move to Napoli but the club are yet to agree a transfer fee with Real Madrid] James is the footballer who, after Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, is considered one of the best. Ancelotti likes him very much, and James wants a move to Napoli, but we are waiting for a more reasonable demand from Real. They have high demands in our opinion
He [Rodrigo] prefers to stay there [at Valencia]. He told us and we take note of it. With Elmas, at that age you are no longer a kid. We have a lot of interest, I can’t deny it, but it is necessary that we complete some departures to avoid the overcrowding that, as you know, is never productive. Icardi has always wanted to go to Juventus. But I also prefer Lorenzo Insigne, because we need him, while in front of him we have Arkadiusz Milik and Dries Mertens.
[Conte has said he is keen to close the gap to Juve and Napoli] Conte, to whom I welcome back, knows Italian football and has remained connected during his mission in England. He noted our progress, that of a club that has been permanently in Europe for 10 years. I would like to add that our willingness to improve ourselves, which has been indisputable in the past, remains the same for the future as well: it will be a wonderful championship, with six or seven teams closer together, and therefore a year will come in which there is more interest and intrigue
2019 07 11b Retrieve
[Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has vehemently denied any talk of Mauro Icardi joining the club, calling the idea of meeting with him a colossal, enormous stupidity] It is a colossal, enormous stupidity. I met Wanda Nara three years ago and I have no intention of meeting her again. That meeting was enough. Also because Icardi is not a part of the current needs of Napoli.
[Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti has spoken positively of James and De Laurentiis confirmed he is in favour of re-uniting the Italian with the Colombian] James is in our hearts, especially in the hearts of those who coach him better than anyone else, Ancelotti. James’s problem is that we have to deal with Real Madrid. We are tough, we do not want to yield to the unjust demands of Real Madrid. We are not in a hurry because our team is already very strong. We only have to make great deals, nothing special. The deals are made in two, between those who want to buy and those who want to sell. We want to buy, but we don’t want to take risks
2019 07 12 Retrieve
[Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has called on Real Madrid to join his club in making ‘sacrifices’ in order to complete a move for James Rodriguez] We are all prepared to make sacrifices for James Rodriguez, but we ask Real Madrid to make them too. We’ve not given up, but in order to break the ice we need Madrid to consider that rather than have an unhappy player sitting around, they should send him out to play. Perhaps on loan. I read a lot of stories that are untrue … I don’t talk to Florentino Perez about James, as we have [director of sport] Cristiano Giuntoli and an agent-friend of James, who is also our friend [Jorge Mendes], so we don’t need to talk to Florentino. If he were to call me, I could answer the phone, but I’ve never spoken directly to Perez, as some impudently reported.
[De Laurentiis also was clear he believes a reunion with Ancelotti is exactly what James needs to get his career back on track] It’d be a gift for him. Studying this player, I realised he only ever really delivered on two occasions, both with Carlo Ancelotti on the bench, at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. For him, this is a guarantee of being satisfied, central to our project and decisive on the field. He has understood that, he knows, Ancelotti spoke to him and was able to motivate him. We’ll see what happens. We are waiting for the time to be right
2019 07 12b Retrieve
[Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti has also been credited with an interest but the Partenopei’s focus is on concluding a complicated deal with Real Madrid for James Rodriguez. In addition, club president Aurelio De Laurentiis has ruled out even sitting down at the same table as Icardi and his wife] I met Wanda Nara three years ago and I have no intention of meeting her again. That meeting was enough. Also because Mauro Icardi is not a part of the current needs of Napoli
2019 07 17 Retrieve
[Carlo Ancelotti is keen to be reunited with James Rodriguez’s] James is in our hearts, especially in the heart of he who coaches him better than anyone else, Ancelotti. James’ problem is that we have to deal with Real Madrid. We are tough, we do not want to yield to the unjust demands of Real Madrid
2019 08 04 Retrieve
[Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis revealed he has discussed the possibility of signing Romelu Lukaku] You know why there are rumours about him? Because I am good friends with his agent, Federico Pastorello, who I often wake up at dawn for a chat. I asked him: ‘Do you think Lukaku would suit Napoli? Is he going to Juventus or not?’ We spoke in those terms, but then we know it’s in the interest of agents to make it seem as if we made an offer, as that raises the price tag for someone else. This is why I’d prefer it if the transfer market opened the day after the season ended and closed at the end of July
Beyond James Rodriguez, Hirving Lozano and Mauro Icardi, we are also evaluating other names. In negotiations, when everyone knows there is a willingness to buy, they all try to get the best deal. We have to take the environmental factors into account, because signing a player means bringing his family over too. Naples is a beautiful city, but for someone who is accustomed to a very different lifestyle, it can be an overwhelming experience to come here. The fans don’t realise that
2019 08 08 Retrieve
[Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis says If Harry Maguire’s worth £80m, then Kalidou Koulibaly’s worth £250m] He [Koulibaly] has a clause of £150 million. But for example, in England they paid £85m for a player. In Napoli, I would pay £30-35m. With that in mind, I think Koulibaly’s value is £250 million if they paid that much for that guy.
The problem of the super cost of players is due to England. In England they gross more money than in France, Spain, Italy and Germany. If a club grosses £800m, they have no problem to offer around £80m, £90m, £100m for one player. There is not a good and fair competition between England and the other countries
2019 09 11 Retrieve
[Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has vented his frustration at his club’s faltering attendance] I don’t understand why Bari in Serie C has more season ticket holders than Napoli, even after we reduced the price. I believe that in the city of Naples we live with great envy of teams from the north - there are a lot of Juventus, Inter and Milan fans. Do I have to buy Milan to make them happy?!
[Ancelotti fumed after paying a visit to the facilities on Wednesday] I saw the conditions of the San Paolo dressing rooms. I am speechless
2019 10 18 Retrieve
[Napoli president concedes Kalidou Koulibaly sale inevitable despite turning down €105m] I loved Koulibaly the man so I refused €105 million, but a time will come when I’ll have to sell him. Whoever says we didn’t improve our defence is wrong
[Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz is also attracting plenty of interest amid links to La Liga pair Barcelona and Real Madrid. Fabian swapped Real Betis for Napoli in a €30m deal in 2018-19 and the Spaniard has starred in Serie A] Fabian’s always been a top player. If I convince myself to pay a stranger €30m, I do it for a reason and now I know why. It’s one thing to play for your country and another to do it for a team who play every three days. We found Fabian, but we’ll find more like him. The door’s always open. I don’t get attached to players
2019 10 18b Retrieve
[Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has warned Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon over leaving the club and taking up reported offers in the Chinese Super League] I’m absolutely not prepared to make a major effort for them. Each player has a value, depending on where they play, how they play, how old they are and what they do. If they want to sell themselves out in China, overpaid to live a life of sh*t for two or three years, it’s their problem. I can’t consider China to be competitive. China’s far away. If they consider it to be close, it’s their problem. In life, you have to choose whether to be happy and find a job you enjoy doing or work just for money. For me, money is a means and not an end; if it’s an end for them then they should go to China
[Amid reports of a tense relationship between Insigne and Ancelotti, De Laurentiis stressed the club captain must become more peaceful] I didn’t fight with Ancelotti, he can stay here for another 10 years. In cinema, my relationships, like my one with [director Carlo] Verdone, last a long time. Insigne’s an excellent sportsman, but he must stay calm, change his attitude and lay off certain things. He’s always had an attitude of discomfort in Naples. I understand him, I protect him and I like him a lot, but he’s always found his situation in Naples to be uncomfortable.
Therefore, I just want to say that he needs to calm down and become a more peaceful person, but that’s his problem. Neither [agent Mino] Raiola nor Ancelotti can resolve that. He’s a great player and he can be in good form or bad form. If he’s less so, it’s up to the coach not to play him. Insigne can’t come out cracking jokes or with an ‘almost’ defiant attitude. The coach is a family man, 60 years old, and won’t tell you to get lost because he’s three times your age
2019 10 18c Retrieve
[Outspoken owner Aurelio De Laurentiis had rubbished claims he had fallen out with his manager, who is keen to focus on on-field matters] De Laurentiis’ comments cleared up the rubbish we’ve heard people saying about us. We have an excellent relationship and I’m very happy here. What the president said came from the heart. I’m pleased he has confidence in me and I’m also happy he cleared up some of the lies that have been going around. What matters now is that we look forward and get back to winning again. We have a very important game tomorrow which gives us the chance to pick up three points and get going again
2019 10 23 Retrieve
[Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis is eager to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic and says talks about a possible move have gone on for a few months] [Ibrahimovic] is a friend. I met him in Los Angeles not as a footballer but as a normal person because we were in the same hotel. I invited him over for dinner with his wife and kids and we had an amazing time. It would be my wish to see him in Napoli colours. It’s more than a suggestion and it depends on him. It’s been talked about for a few months now
[Ibrahimovic has revealed playing for Napoli is tempting having recently watched a movie about club legend Diego Maradona] I enjoyed the documentary dedicated to Maradona, no one is like him. Seeing the love of that city would almost make me want to try an experience at Napoli. it would be fantastic to replicate what Diego did. I’m not saying that I will go there, the final decision will depend on several factors, but that is a team that creates enthusiasm. With me, the San Paolo would be full every Sunday. And then there’s Carlo Ancelotti, a great coach
2019 10 24 Retrieve
[Aurelio De Laurentiis is convinced Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be a driving force for Napoli should the striker sign for Carlo Ancelotti’s side] Ibrahimovic is a beautiful person, regardless of my Napoli team. He can still do a lot and he can be a driving force for the team. I’m convinced that any coach would love to have him at their disposal. Maybe even as a kind of reference point. He could be one for any team
Hirving Lozano’s looked good. You need to be patient with new players who haven’t played in Italian football before. He must settle in a different city, with a new coach and team-mates. Lozano’s a great player. As soon as he came on against Juve, he scored a goal. You can’t have everything right away and you can’t expect these players to fix problems right away. It’s necessary to give them time and also the coach, who must find their best position. In the past 18 months, we’ve bought 13 players, so it’s normal that it takes time for everyone to adapt and perform at their best
2019 10 25 Retrieve
[Napoli are considered to be leading Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s chase] [Ibrahimovic] is a friend. I met him in Los Angeles not as a footballer but as a normal person because we were in the same hotel. I invited him over for dinner with his wife and kids and we had an amazing time. It would be my wish to see him in Napoli colours. It’s more than a suggestion and it depends on him. It’s been talked about for a few months now
2019 10 27 Retrieve
[Zlatan Ibrahimovic has openly declared interest in playing for Napoli with both the club’s coach and president more than open to a possible move] Ibrahimovic is a beautiful person, regardless of my Napoli team. He can still do a lot and he can be a driving force for the team. I’m convinced that any coach would love to have him at their disposal. Maybe even as a kind of reference point. He could be one for any team
2019 10 31 Retrieve
[Aurelio de Laurentiis has launched an extraordinary attack on the referee after manager Carlo Ancelotti was sent off during his side’s 2-2 draw against Atalanta in Serie A on Wednesday] Without us, the referees would be peeling potatoes. If there is VAR it’s pointless creating eight minutes of additional time because all that happens is pushing and shouting. And what is this buffoonery from the referee who kicks out a gentleman like Ancelotti? We’re fed up. We’re tired of paying for this standard of officiating
[De Laurentiis also took aim at Italian chief of referees Marcello Nicchi and referee designator Nicola Rizzoli] I don’t think Rizzoli and Nicchi do their job well. They’ll say that it’s not for De Laurentiis to say, but what I will say is that I, like the other Serie A Presidents who help ensure Serie B and Serie C both exist, have the right to be heard. Otherwise, Mr Rizzoli and Nicchi will have 80 million Italians, who are tired of this arrogance and haughtiness, to answer for. This version of football is insanely sick that we haven’t been able to change it for 30 years now. We’re tired of being involuntary supporters of referees, also in a financial sense. We can’t allow the highest-ranking Serie A teams to run up debts of €300m and still let these people play
2019 12 05 Retrieve
[Aurelio De Laurentiis claims he didn’t call anyone as the Napoli president dismissed speculation that he is poised to sack Carlo Ancelotti amid links to Gennaro Gattuso] My faith in Carlo Ancelotti has never failed. My trust in Ancelotti is total and unconditional, as a man and as a coach. For the future I have decided nothing, it would be a mistake to decide at this moment, we have a season in progress, there is only one way: we must find peace, the team must return to work with serenity.
I didn’t call anyone, I never called Gattuso and I never heard Spalletti. With Allegri we talk, but not from today. We have been talking since 2013, we have a cordial relationship. In 2013 I called him because I wanted him to become the coach of Naples, at the time he was the coach of Milan. He told me that we would be ready at the end of the season. He called me and gave me his total availability but I am a man of honour and I went to London, I shook hands with Rafa Benitez, so nothing was done.
I want to reiterate that my faith in Ancelotti is total, then we could have problems. The problems, perhaps, are in the work methodology, but this methodology allowed Carlo to win everything. He won a lot, he won everywhere. The top players he had, such as Cristiano Ronaldo, they also trained in a personalised way. It seems to us that there is a school system, so we must dictate the rule of the methodology. Our coach is Ancelotti, let’s continue like this
2019 12 10 Retrieve
[Napoli sack Ancelotti after sealing qualification for Champions League knockout phase] SSC Napoli has taken the decision to part ways with first-team coach Carlo Ancelotti. The friendship and mutual respect between the club, president Aurelio De Laurentiis and Carlo Ancelotti remains intact
2019 12 16 Retrieve
[Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis appeared to rule out the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, insisting the club must start from scratch after Gennaro Gattuso replaced Carlo Ancelotti] Zlatan is a great person with a strong character. We thought about Ibrahimovic when Ancelotti was in charge, as he would’ve taken a certain role. Now before thinking about him, I have other priorities, as this is a team that must play in a different system with a very high line and a defence that cannot allow what it allowed against Parma. We must focus first and foremost on what we have in-house and then to reinforce the midfield. It’s a pity all the work we had done for Ancelotti now has to be scrapped and we start again working for Gattuso’s ideas. We start from scratch, but do not lack enthusiasm
I am totally in sync with Gattuso, who is a great worker. He did well at Milan and is the right profile for us, as was Carlo, who remains an extraordinary person. Now we need a great deal of patience, nerves of steel and cool heads. I tell that above all to the fans. They want to win at all costs, but football has changed and it has become far more complex
[On Ancelotti] I can only wish Ancelotti all the best. He is an extraordinary person and a great friend. Once we reach the end of the season, I’ll look at everything and understand what went wrong or who was wrong. We will draw a definitive line
2019 12 22 Retrieve
[Napoli rule out Ibrahimovic move] We thought about Ibrahimovic when Ancelotti was in charge, as he would have taken a certain role. Now before thinking about him, I have other priorities, as this is a team that must play in a different system
2020 02 15 Retrieve
[Aurelio De Laurentiis has said that he is prepared to take referees to court over damages in future if they do not consult VAR] I always maintained that any system of assistance that is intermittent or optional is inconceivable. It must be obligatory. If a referee, either through incompetence or arrogance, does not use VAR, he is committing a sporting crime, because he compromises the result. Football is not just a game. It is also an industry that produces very significant economic results
Why not? The principle of ‘you pay for mistakes’ aids all democratic processes and football is no different. If a judge emits the wrong sentence, he can be called to repay damages. Should a referee not be held to the same rules? Napoli have been denied numerous penalties this season. It’s not just me saying that, but recognised throughout the media. If this chain reaction of errors should turn into a financial loss of €200m, who would pay us back for that? I think top level lawyers would enjoy taking this on. Never say never. Plus, if five, six or seven clubs who were damaged by serious refereeing errors were to decide to stop the Serie A season? It would perhaps be traumatic, but still an efficient way of breaking the back of this laissez-faire attitude and carelessness
The challenge is the very least they could do and is probably already too late. I think two challenges per game, one in each half, would suffice. The coaches have the right to demand verification in the most dubious cases and can also step in front of the monitor with the referee to get a clear explanation for the decision that has been made. That is a sacrosanct right of the coach
2020 02 25 Retrieve
[on Fabian Ruiz] I paid €30m for Fabian Ruiz and he’s a fantastic player. If some of the European top clubs were to offer €180m (£150m / $194) we can start talking about selling him
2020 04 29 Retrieve
[De Laurentiis having bought his forward’s match shirt from Napoli’s game against Barcelona at a charity auction] Glad to have won, on behalf of Napoli, Dries’ shirt from Napoli-Barcelona, in the charity auction #jestovicinoate organised by the Cannavaro Ferrara Foundation. It is an important shirt that will remain at home in Naples and a contribution for those who need it in a difficult moment
2020 06 15 Retrieve
[Napoli are open to selling Kalidou Koulibaly and Fabian Ruiz this summer] If City or United or PSG showed up with €100m, I would think about it and it is probable that they would leave, always if their will was to leave. I don’t even consider an offer of €60m (£55m/$68m). I am firm on that. If I wanted to win the Scudetto at any cost today I would find myself with three, four hundred million in debt. I look around and see companies at 500, 600 million, less than a billion. I don’t owe anyone a sh*t
[De Laurentiis also confirmed they have entered talks with Spanish winger Jose Callejon about a bumper new extension to his contract] In September, or maybe it was October, I don’t remember well, we talked to each other and I clarified our intentions. I must have changed up the contract for €100,000 or €200,000. That’s enough. He knows the conditions
2020 06 15b Retrieve
[Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed that the club have offered talismanic forward Dries Mertens a new deal] He is a street urchin. We met for breakfast six months ago, it was a revelation, I discovered a special man, intelligent, mentally sharp, a badass. Renewing the contract for a 33-year-old footballer is not part of our habits, but with Mertens it was simple, natural. I will say more when he has stopped playing, I would like to find him a role to continue the collaboration
2020 06 15c Retrieve
[Aurelio De Laurentiis has accused Maurizio Sarri of forcing him into a change of management at Napoli] He made me angry with the tasteless excuse of money. He forced me to change [head coaches] and still had a two-year deal. In February, he invited me to lunch in Tuscany, close to his house and his wife was there. He didn’t mention stopping and led me on all the way to the day ahead of the last game. That created uncertainties for the club. Three unforgettable seasons? There are other factors: in football the rule of cinema applies where to make a good film you need an excellent director and an excellent producer, they are the parents of the work of genius. Who brought [Edinson] Cavani here? And [Walter] Mazzarri? What about [Rafa] Benitez? What about [Gonzalo] Higuain, Sarri? When I chose them, the city was plastered with banners against me.
[De Laurentiis has stated that he made a mistake in hiring Ancelotti] He reminded me of my father. I chose his serenity, composure, his pleasant closeness. My father was a philosopher, an extremely sweet man. Like Carlo. But signing him, being able to resort to the release clause, I should have told him: ‘Carlo, I don’t think you are made for the type of football they want in Naples, let’s keep the great friendship because football here is different. I introduced you to a city that you now love and that surprised you, better to end it here. Instead, I made the second mistake
2020 06 17 Retrieve
[Mertens commits future to Napoli, ending Chelsea and Inter links] Pleased to be together for a long time to come - long live Dries!