Napoli’s civil war rages on as president Aurelio De Laurentiis ‘looks to dock players’ wages by 25 per cent’ as punishment for training camp mutiny with star players Kalidou Koulibaly and Co ‘to be sold next summer’
- Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis wants to dock players’ wages by 25 per cent
- The club’s civil war continues after squad refused to go on a training retreat
- De Laurentiis has reportedly frozen the payment of their wages for October
- As a result of the mutiny, many of the club’s stars could leave the club this season
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has reportedly frozen his players’ salaries as an act of punishment following their training camp mutiny.
After their Champions League draw with Salzburg, Carlo Ancelotti’s men refused to go on the training retreat organised by De Laurentiis which has led to a civil war inside the Naples club.
This has led to a furious stand-off between the playing staff and the owner, who is now considering cutting his losses and letting some of his star players leave in the winter window and next summer.
Napoli’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis is reportedly freezing the players’ October wages
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, De Laurentiis has frozen the wages payment of October and is pursuing options to fine the players 25 per cent of their wages, as he also seeks advice from lawyers.
De Laurentiis claims the players’ mutiny has damaged the reputation of the club worldwide, and image rights payments could also be withheld.
There’s been a lockdown at the club with players not allowed to talk to the press with players and Ancelotti barred from revealing their side of the story.
Dries Mertens could be set to join Inter Milan on a free transfer when his deal comes to an end
Captain Lorenzo Insigne could face the axe following the players’ revolt this month
De Laurentiis is also ready to sell those responsible for the rebellion with Kalidou Koulibaly, Dries Mertens, Jose Callejon Allan and Lorenzo Insigne all reportedly set to leave.
Mertens is one of the names that will be allowed to leave the club in January, with Inter Milan keen to take on the wantaway Belgian.
De Laurentiis has suggested in the past he does not want to keep Mertens on his currently salary and would only sign him to a new deal if it was at a vastly reduced rate.
Mertens will be free to start negotiating a contract with another club from January.
Kalidou Koulibaly (centre) is another name that may be allowed to leave next summer
Winger Jose Callejon is also reportedly being shown the exit and has attracted interest from clubs in China, who would be able to offer the Spaniard a lucrative deal.
Club captain Lorenzo Insigne could also leave next summer, while star defender Kalidou Koulibaly may be cashed in on.
Defensive duo Elseid Hysaj and Faouzi Ghoulam’s futures remain uncertain following the revolt.