No Napoli return for Edinson Cavani – Aurelio De Laurentiis

Napoli do not need Edinson Cavani to return to the club as he would struggle to fit back into the team, according to president Aurelio De Laurentiis.

Uruguay international Cavani spent three years in Naples before his big-money move to Paris Saint-Germain in 2013.

The Serie A side were linked with bringing the 29-year-old back from the Parc des Princes following Gonzalo Higuain’s €90m move to Juventus this summer.

But, in a statement released on the club’s official website, De Laurentiis ruled out a return for Cavani.

“I’m a big admirer of Edinson Cavani,” he said. “We had great fun during his time with Napoli. He scored many beautiful goals – 104!
“It is difficult to bring back a footballer used in the past because Napoli evolves from championship to championship, taking up diverse and different strategies.

“That’s why I always repeat that we need young players and the new ones who have joined Napoli this year will make their contribution to Napoli’s successes.”

Napoli signed 22-year-old Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik from Ajax for €35m this month to replace last season’s Serie A topscorer Higuain.

“If we want to speak of top strikers as Milik and Gabbiadini, we have many chances to improve their careers and the growth of Napoli,” De Laurentiis added.