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Napoli: Mazzarri to stay next year

Napoli have announced that manager Walter Mazzarri will remain on at the club next season after he had been strongly linked to Juventus.

Napoli issued a statement on Tuesday to end almost three months of speculation over the future of Mazzarri, who is under contract until June 2014.

The statement read: ''Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis and coach Mazzarri have held talks that have reinforced their rapport. After two years of collaboration, that has brought Napoli into the Champions League, the president and the coach have put in place the basis for a new co-operation to continue with the construction and growth of the five-year project.''

The former Sampdoria coach joined Napoli in October 2009 following the dismissal of Roberto Donadoni. He led the team to a sixth-placed finish in his first year and this season guided them to a hugely impressive third place and qualification to the Champions League.

Meanwhile, Napoli sporting director Riccardo Bigon is confident AC Milan target Marek Hamsik will remain at the club next season.

The 23-year-old Slovakia playmaker has been strongly linked with a move to the Serie A champions this summer. However, Bigon said to Gazzetta dello Sport: ''I know Marek well. We have a splendid relationship.

''He is an exemplary professional and he knows what the club wants just as we know what he wants. I don't think there will be any problems. He has already shown his strong bond to this club and he is happy at Napoli.''

Hamsik scored 11 goals in 37 league appearances and is under contract until June 2015.


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