Napoli President Aurelio De Laurent has made it known to the public that he will not sign African players for the club unless they agreed not to play in the African Cup of Nations popularly known as AFCON.
He says he ‘loves’ Napoli’s African players, but he dislikes paying them so much for the amount of time they are away.
‘I told them lads, don’t talk to me about Africans anymore!‘ said De Laurentiis during a streamed event.
‘I love them, but either they sign something confirming they’ll back out of playing the Africa Cup of Nations, or otherwise between that tournament, the World Cup qualifiers in South America, those players are never available!
‘We are the idiots who pay salaries only to send them all over the world playing for others.’
Last Season Napoli were without Kalidou Koulibaly as he played in the AFCON and the centre-back won the tournament with Senegal.
Otherworld African players at Napoli are: Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa of Cameroon and Victor Osimhen of Nigeria.