Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed why he opted to sign Carlo Ancelotti over Antonio Conte as the new manager of the club, claiming that the former Bayern Munich man does not push for signings like the current Chelsea boss.
The 58-year-old was appointed as boss of Napoli on a three-year deal which is the first time he will return to the Serie A since leaving AC Milan in 2009. Conte is expected to leave the Blues in the summer with it being reported that he will be replaced by former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri, however nothing is set in stone as of now.
De Laurentiis was very happy with his choice of manager as Ancelotti is a proven man in terms of winning trophies and accolades.
“I hope he stays with us for another 10 years, but I always have to think about the good of the club. I’ll always act with objectivity and not allow myself to be taken by enthusiasm. Don’t worry, with Carlo we’ll do what we have to do,” he said, as quoted by Goal.
“With Carlo, we’ve felt over the years that he’s a man who’s always given us a sense of serenity. When he asked me for some players and I said ‘no’, he didn’t keep insisting like Conte. He understood and did so with great tenderness.
“If he came here, it’s because he likes the club, city and current team. He’s not someone who’ll use Napoli as a stepping stone. I’ll never forget when Conte courted me for [Kalidou] Koulibaly, going up to €58 million with Chelsea. I told him, ‘what can I do with €58m?’. Money is a means, not an end. The end is Koulibaly,” he concluded.
Napoli were brilliant last season, challenging Juventus for the league title but eventually had to settle for second place with 91 points, four behind the title winners.