Despite accusing Gonzalo Higuain of being either "a liar or an excellent actor", even Aurelio De Laurentiis acknowledged that the Argentine's €90 million move from Napoli to Juventus wasn't about money - but ambition. "Although our [salary] offer was higher, he went to Juventus," the Partenopei president recently revealed. "He’ll have considered his age and a team is the favourite to win the Scudetto.
The mayor of Naples has hit out at Napoli's president, claiming an upcoming Champions League clash against Real Madrid would not be possible without the city's commitment to repair the decrepit San Paolo stadium. "Were it not for our intervention, the game against Real Madrid probably wouldn't be played because the San Paolo wouldn't meet criteria," city mayor Luigi De Magistris told Radio Crc Thursday. The San Paolo, where Diego Maradona helped the southerners to their sole league titles in 1987 and 1990, is one of the most emblematic football venues in Italy.