Uruguayan displeased with comments from De Laurentiis.
Napoli striker Edinson Cavani is not pleased with club owner Aurelio De Laurentiis’ recent comments, and wants face-to-face talks as his future moves closer to being resolved.
The Uruguayan international has a release clause fee set at €63m, and has been linked with a switch to a number of top European clubs including Real Madrid and Chelsea.
However, while De Laurentiis wants to find a quick resolution to the situation, preferably one that sees Cavani stay in Naples, his latest comments haven’t gone down too well with the striker.
“Will I let Cavani go before August 10? I trust in the man, then if he doesn’t want to it’ll be a joke on me,” De Laurentiis told Radio Rai, as reported by football-italia.net.
“However, I believe he is a real man and will therefore remain at Napoli. If he does decide to go, it will in any case be after the Confederations Cup.
“We will know everything by July 20. If not, I’ll smack him!”
Cavani has now responded while away on international duty with Uruguay at the Confederations Cup, and was clearly left unimpressed by the level of severity of the owner’s words.
“Those statements were strong and I didn’t really like them very much,” the 26-year-old commented.
“Now I want to speak with the President face-to-face, as I have done on numerous occasions in the past.”
It is unclear at this stage as to how unhappy Cavani is, as the former Palermo striker has consistently stated that he will leave his future in the hands of the club and would not be against remaining in Naples.
However, De Laurentiis is pushing for an answer from his most prized asset as he will want to make adjustments to the squad should he be allowed to leave.