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Thursday May 26 2011
Napoli dismiss Hamsik rumours

Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis has shot down reports that Milan are preparing to launch an audacious bid to sign Marek Hamsik. "We're not a supermarket."

La Gazzetta dello Sport today claimed that Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi had given the go-ahead to make a €30m offer.

However, contacted by Marte Sport Live, Azzurri chief De Laurentiis dismissed the speculation.

"I tell the fans to stay calm," he noted. "When a market opens everyone wants to buy, but 95 per cent of it is just talk. Napoli fans are intelligent and shouldn't be taken for a ride by the media.

"If someone wants one of our players then they have to come and ask me. There is no need for chatter and no need to shout.

"If someone wants to buy one of my players, who no longer shows a desire to wear these magnificent Azzurri colours, then someone is going to have to put their hand in their pocket."

De Laurentiis also confirmed that he's only been asked for Hamsik by Inter in the past and he quickly ended their interest.

"When [Inter President Massimo] Moratti called me I told him that I would never sell Hamsik. [Milan Vice-President Adriano] Galliani has asked me nothing.

"Napoli are not a supermarket. Perhaps you can describe us as a jewellery store, but people are scared by our prices..."

After rejecting the Milan-Hamsik links, the fiery owner did the same after reports suggested that Spurs were keen on Ezequiel Lavezzi.

"I've never heard from Tottenham," he added.

When questioned on possible Napoli buys this summer, De Laurentiis said: "The water in the pot is boiling and we're preparing to cook the best spaghetti.

"As soon as something is ready then I'll let everyone know."

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