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Napoli reject Mazzarri rumours

March 10, 2011

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentis has quashed reports in Italy that coach Walter Mazzarri will leave Naples this summer.

Mazzarri has been strongly linked with a move to Juventus at the end of the season as a replacement for the under-fire Luigi Del Neri. However, De Laurentiis has warned Mazzarri's suitors that the Italian coach is going nowhere.

He said: "Mazzarri is my coach and he is under contract for another three-and-a-half years. If in 2016, Juve wants him, then they can go and get him.

"If someone is not on the market, he is just not on the market. I wanted Mazzarri for some time and now that he arrived, I intend to keep him."

The 49-year-old Mazzarri has transformed Napoli into a Scudetto challenger since taking over from Roberto Donadoni in October 2009. Napoli lie third in Serie A, eight points behind league leaders AC Milan with ten games remaining.