Spalletti in Favor of Retaining Napoli Veteran Goalie

Despite words from his agents who have hinted at an exit, Napoli still have a couple of chances to keep David Ospina. Coach Luciano Spalletti is pushing for such a solution. On the other hand, President Aurelio De Laurentiis is skeptical about fulfilling his treaty demands.

The gaffer partly explained his reasoning in the last press before the game: “The goalkeeper no longer just has to be able to make a save. He needs to know how to start the action like a defender. At this point, everyone is doing the same thing, even when they are young. Opponents are pushing a lot, often man-to-man, and it’s not easy to keep your composure. Some mistakes are part of the learning curve.”

The Colombian goalkeeper shines with the ball at his feet. Corresponding La Gazzetta dello Sport, the biggest hurdle is economic. Ospina asked Napoli for €2m a year and the team would not enjoy any tax benefits on his salary unlike when he left Arsenal. The veteran isn’t too keen on leaving. It will likely take a face-to-face meeting with the chairman to close the gap, but an agreement is still possible.

Corresponding The MattinoIt is unlikely that Napoli would turn to Alex Meret if Ospina left. The younger goalie is up for an extension and wants to be a full-time starter. Instead, the club would match him with another reliable player and he would have to compete. That Azzurri risk saying goodbye to both of their options in the role.

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