The club can unilaterally extend until 2024, but De Laurentiis is not satisfied. For the technician what counts is the technical project and the possibility of giving continuity to the work done
There is time to sit around a table and discuss. Because from next week a ride begins with another 13, hopefully even 16, challenges that will have to show how extraordinary the Napoli season will be. Only after Aurelio De Laurentiis and Luciano Spalletti will they begin to discuss the future of the coach and therefore that of Napoli. The snapshot at the moment is this: the technician’s contract is about to expire, but the company has a unilateral option that allows it to extend the current contract by another year, therefore June 2024, which provides for around 3 million net earnings, premiums including, for Spalletti. Perhaps from the outside one can wonder why the parties have not already at least set up a negotiation. The answer is simple and was given by the coach: “I intend to stay focused on work. There is time to discuss the future and then I am 64 now and in the future I will only sign contracts for one season”. Clear message, therefore the president will wait for the right moment to lock down the coach. Which he will be able to do with a simple pec by June 30th. But it is not with a unilateral administrative act that a new agreement will be able to start, which is why De Laurentiis will wait for the right moment to speak with his coach – defined in unsuspecting times, December 2021, “the best he’s ever had” – and maybe propose a biennial to ensure that the cycle that this season had its baptism finds continuity.
They won’t be a problem, just as they weren’t in the spring of 2021, when De Laurentiis convinced Spalletti of choosing Naples. They won’t be a problem also because with the results and the improvements of the individual players, millions more have entered Napoli’s coffers in this two-year period by Spapetto. And an attentive president like the film producer knows this best of all. Let’s say that the new agreement can be hypothesized on the basis of 4 million net income for the coach plus bonuses which at this point will be focused on the highest possible goals, after a year like the one Napoli is experiencing. But what matters most to the man from Certaldo, who grew up with the values of the farmer, is the incentive to continue what can be defined as the most extraordinary season as a coach.
Results that are consecrating him to the highest international levels. Yes, because in any case the current Champions League ends, Napoli with the game shaped by Spalletti has expressed an original football, which will be a model not only in Italy. So how this season ends is important. Because, ironically, a Luciano who wins the Scudetto and the Champions League would perhaps be stimulated to a new experience abroad, given that there is no shortage of attention. And it wouldn’t be just an economic choice. Because at that point he would leave Naples as a winner. However, reality teaches us that technical guarantees will be needed to continue such a cycle. The risk that this team does not end up suffering the assault on its jewelry is there and it is quite probable considering the greed above all of the Premier League. Napoli, however, in the past has shown that they know how to handle the “hit” and above all that they know how to find the right alternatives in the event of transfers. After the coldness of last spring, when the personal relationship seemed compromised, De Laurentiis and Spalletti had the intelligence to recompose a loyal relationship. Without that today’s results would have been impossible. A common understanding of Naples will be needed, which will be to shake hands and continue together. Signing will not be a problem.
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