Lorenzo Insigne backs Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti amid rumours of a rift

Tanya Simon
November 7, 2019

Reports in Italy suggest Ancelotti is considering walking away from the club in the wake of the incident, or that Napoli could sack him.

Napoli, who have failed to win in each of their last four matches, drew 1-1 at home to FC Salzburg in the Champions League on Tuesday and it was reported players refused De Laurentiis' decision.

The Napoli coach said in his pre-match press conference that he did not agree with the measure taken by De Laurentiis, who implied his players needed to find motivation after the club's worst start to a Serie A season in nearly a decade.

It did not specify whether it meant that the players would face fines or even legal action.

Napoli's statement said: "With regard to the behaviour of the first-team squad on Tuesday night, the club announces that it will do everything in its power to protect its economic interests, assets, image rights and disciplinary interests".

It's been a tough start to the season for Napoli, who for the past couple of seasons have been the closest challengers to Juventus' Serie A dominance.

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After the game Insigne backed his manager, saying: 'We're a close-knit group and that's down to the coach as he maintains calm and has tried to take the pressure off us in this hard spell.

The club would also like to make clear that it has entrusted first-team coach Carlo Ancelotti with decision-making responsibility as regards the first-team training camp.

"We're grateful to him and we all want to perform well for him".

'We must look forward and think positive.

De Laurentiis ordered the ritiro Monday after Saturday's 2-1 defeat at AS Roma.

Napoli released a club statement on their official website essentially confirming they will be taking legal action against members of their playing squad, while they will be holding Ancelotti exclusively responsible for the decision not to head to the training retreat.

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