Napoli President Defends Release Fee Clause Policy

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Aurelio De Laurentiis insists clause is not a sign that the club wants to sell their players.

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Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has hit back at suggestions the club are a selling team reports Tutto Mercato Web.

The Napoli chief was responding to criticism on the social media network Twitter questioning why the club continue to place release fee clauses into their player’s contracts.

The Serie A side were powerless to resist the departure of Ezequiel Lavezzi to PSG last summer after the French side met the release fee clause in the Argentinian’s contract.

Napoli are currently facing the prospect of a repeat this summer with a number of clubs thought to be interested in Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani.

The likes of Manchester City, PSG and Chelsea are all thought to be leading the chase for the forward, and with all three of those clubs currently being owned by wealthy benefactors, they are unlikely to be put off by the £50 million release fee clause in the player’s contract.

Should one of those clubs decide they are happy to meet that figure, Napoli will once again be powerless to prevent one of their top stars from leaving.

But De Laurentiis insisted the clauses were not a symptom of the club wanting to sell. The Napoli chief pointed out that the very high figures involved with those clauses showed that the club were keen to hang on to those players.

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