NAPOLI NEWS

Sparta Prague hit the crossbar twice, but Napoli scraped a 0-0 draw to qualify for the Europa League knockouts.
Napoli go into a head-to-head battle with joint Europa League group leaders Sparta Prague, starting almost an ideal XI.
Walter Zenga says he is currently not looking for a coaching role in Italian football, but that if offered, he’d accept the Napoli job.
Napoli midfielder Jorginho is looking forward to Sparta Prague and knows “the importance of playing to win” the Europa League.
Jorginho and Jonathan de Guzman are in Napoli’s squad to face Sparta Prague in the Europa League.
Rafa Benitez assured Napoli “are looking for the victory” away to Sparta Prague tomorrow, but has injury concerns.
Sparta Prague Coach Vitezlav Lavicka respects Napoli, but warns “we’ve improved a lot” since their last match.
Carlo Osti has made clear that Sampdoria do not intend to sell Manolo Gabbiadini, Stefano Okaka or any first team player in January.
It could be an unfamiliar Napoli front-line to face Sparta Prague, with Jorginho apparently in line for the trequartista role behind Duvan Zapata.
Giovanni Trapattoni has praised Roma Coach Rudi Garcia but warns the Frenchman that he shouldn’t have promised the Scudetto.
Napoli are said to be interested in Manolo Gabbiadini, but the striker’s agent says Juventus will decide his future.
Franz Beckenbauer says Juventus and Napoli target Xherdan Shaqiri can leave Bayern Munich in the January transfer window.
Dries Mertens is back in Napoli training after being knocked unconscious, while there is also good news for Lorenzo Insigne.
Gokhan Inler’s agent says that his client did not want to consider offers from elsewhere in the summer, but is elusive on the midfielder’s future at Napoli.
The Lega Serie A have banned Atalanta’s Richmond Boakye for two games, and handed one game suspensions to five others.
Napoli have revealed their squad for Thursday’s trip to Prague, with Dries Mertens still absent.
Christian Maggio may leave Napoli at the end of the season, as the club hasn’t opened talks on a new deal.
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli will not be returning to Italy anytime soon, as his agent dismisses links to Inter.
Napoli could lose striker Michu for an extended period, as it’s reported the Spaniard requires ankle surgery.
Xherdan Shaqiri’s agent says he has spoken to Napoli, but Bayern Munich won’t allow the player to leave on loan.