Napoli captain Paolo Cannavaro has defended the club after fans voiced discontent at the departure of two star players, saying: "We are feared by all."
Cannavaro, 31, spoke out after protests against the sale of Walter Gargano, a key member of the team that qualified for the Champions league for the first time 12 months ago, to Inter Milan. His departure from the club came soon after Ezequiel Lavezzi was moved on to PSG.
But speaking to La Stampa, Cannavaro told supporters: "Our value is undisputed and we are feared by all.
"I'm not going to talk about goals, but this season we will play with the intention to always impress. I understand the bitterness of the fns and am sorry to lose someone like Walter, who in the past five years has given so much.
"But now we must think of those who chose to stay, who will never give up and are focused on these colours."
Cannavaro, who has played more than 200 games for the Partenopei, also said he did not believe star striker Edinson Cavani would leave, despite speculation linking him with a move.
He added: "Cavani? I know the transfer market a lot less than some journalists, but I think that nothing will happen. The club would not do this and will not sell him."
Napoli begin their Serie A campaign when they visit Palermo's Renzo Barbera Stadium on Sunday.