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Napoli caught up in war of words with Kvaratskhelia´s agent amid exit talk

SoccerNews in La Liga 17 Jun 2024

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Napoli insist Khvicha Kvaratskhelia is not on the market after his agent Mamuka Jugeli claimed he is looking to leave the club.

The Georgia international, who is preparing for his country’s Euro 2024 opener against Turkiye on Tuesday, has been linked with a move to both Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona in the current transfer window.

Kvaratskhelia scored 11 times in the league in 2023-24, as the Partenopei finished 10th in what was a disappointing defence of their third Serie A crown.

“We want to leave Napoli, but now we’re all waiting for the Euro 2024,” Jugeli told Sport Imedi last week. “With [Antonio] Conte, Napoli have big plans.

“I’m sure they will qualify for the Champions League again next season and fight for the Scudetto. But that doesn’t mean Kvaratskhelia wants to stay there, I don’t mean it.

“I didn’t talk with Khvicha about this issue, the most important thing for him is the national team. Our goal is the team that plays in the Champions League.

“The worst thing is that if he stays here, Khvicha will lose one year because of that… we are worried.”

However, Napoli have hit back with a statement of their own, citing the fact Kvaratskhelia has three years remaining on his contract at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

It read: “In reference to the statements of Kvaratskhelia’s agent, Mamuka Jugeli, and his father Badri, Calcio Napoli reiterates that the player has a contract for another three years with the club.

“Kvaratskhelia is not on the market. It is not the agents or fathers who decide the future of a player under contract with Napoli but the club!!! End of the story.”

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