Thiago Motta was evasive when asked if he had been in contact with Napoli during their search for a replacement for Luciano Spalletti in the summer.

The 41-year-old Italian-Brazilian coach was one of a long list of possible candidates to replace the now Italy coach after his exit from the Campania capital at the start of the summer. After endless suggestions, Aurelio De Laurentiis decided to appoint Rudi Garcia.

Thiago Motta took over at Bologna 12 months ago after Sinisa Mihajlovic’s departure and he’s quickly impressed in Emilia-Romagna, seeing his stocks rise fast amongst European clubs.

Speaking in a press conference via TMW, Thiago Motta was asked if he’d been in contact with De Laurentiis in the summer during the search for Spalletti’s replacement.

“I don’t think it’s appropriate to talk about it today, no distractions. We will have to have a great game, in front of a large audience.”

He was then asked if he’d be signing a new contract with Bologna. His current deal expires at the end of this season, suggesting a possible departure next year.

“You will know if there is any news. I don’t want distractions, Napoli are the Italian champions now, they are coming off a difficult victory in the Champions League and my mind is on the match, we need a great performance for ourselves and for our fans.”

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