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WILLIAMS FOR NAPOLI

Napoli manager Rafa Benitez is reportedly looking at signing Swansea city defender Ashley Williams in the summer and the agent of the player has done little to quash the rumours.

Napoli have been one of the big spenders in the summer after splashing out more than £ 70 million on several new signings. Despite the spending, Napoli have been unable to make any sufficient improvements compared to last season when they were managed by Walter Mazzarri. Benitez, however, seems to have convinced the Napoli board that he needs more money to improve the team.

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RAFA PLAYS IT DOWN

Napoli manager Rafa Benitez has played down the significance of a 1-0 defeat against FC Porto in the first leg by saying that his team can still qualify for the quarter-finals of the Europa league.

After failing to get past the Champions League group stages, Napoli have been demoted to the Europa league. This is the second successive season in this competition Rafa Benitez, who managed to win it with Chelsea in the summer. He is eyeing a repeat of the same this time around, but Napoli were dealt a huge blow after Jackson Martinez scored the only goal of the game in Portugal.

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MASCHERANO NEXT?

Javier Mascherano of Barcelona is a player that has aroused suspicion of leaving his current club in Spain with the possibility of joining his countryman Gonzalo Higuain in Napoli and working once more with Rafael Benitez as they both worked together in Liverpool some years ago.

Higuain describes Mascherano as a "warrior" and the forward is confident that the fans in Italy will be happy to see him joining Napoli.

"We know it is hard to move in January but the director Bigon is doing everything possible," the ex-Real Madrid player told Radio Kiss Kiss’’.

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NAPOLI TOP TEAM

Napoli have been the best team in the Italian Serie A along with Roma after they have taken victories from all the matches they have played in the league.

Despite this, manager Rafa Benitez has said that he is not completely happy with the defensive side of things. Napoli have kept a clean sheet in two out of the three matches they have played. This is seen as a great improvement given that the team has switched formation from the three-man defence used by former manager Walter Mazzarri to a 4-2-3-1 formation.

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HIGUAIN JOINS

Napoli manager Rafa Benitez has said that he is delighted to have the Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain at the club. Napoli recently spent around £ 35 million to bring the 25-year-old to Italy.

He has been at Real Madrid for the last seven seasons and Benitez is delighted to have a player of his stature at Napoli. Napoli were on the lookout for a big-name striker especially after the departure of Edinson Cavani, who has been a major contributor to the club's goals over the last few years. He was found to French club PSG for £ 55 million.

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MAZZARRI STEPS DOWN

As feared by many Napoli fans, manager Walter Mazzarri has announced that he will be stepping down from the post at the end of the season. Mazzarri has been one of the greatest managers for Napoli in recent decades, as he has been able to get the club back to the top of the table and also into European elite cup competitions as well.

However, he has been strongly linked with the two Milan clubs in the last few months. After spending four years with the club, Mazzarri has said that he will leave the club at the end of the season.

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NEXT GAME

The Napoli manager Walter Mazzarri refused to concentrate on the league table as of now despite Napoli moving level on points with the leaders Juventus at the top of the table. It was only a few weeks ago that Napoli were 10 points behind the current champions after a string of poor results and points deduction.

However, the points deduction has been turned over and a run of poor form for Juventus has meant that Napoli have closed the gap completely. They remain second in the table only on goal difference after this weekend's round of fixtures.

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MAKING PROGRESS

Napoli have made a lot of progress over the year according to the manager Walter Mazzarri. He has seen his team win the Coppa Italia last season, while also making incredible strides in domestic and European competitions as well.

The team have emerged as one of the competitors for Juventus this season, while they also made it into the last 16 stage of the Champions League only to be beaten by the eventual champions Chelsea last season. Even though the club recently had troubles in terms of maintaining the form, 2012 has been a year to remember according to Mazzarri.

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NO TITLE THOUGHTS

The Napoli manager Walter Mazzarri has said that he does not think about winning the title this season and is only concentrating on each game as it comes. Napoli are in with a chance of winning the title this season, as they seem to be the only real contenders alongside Juventus.

They are currently just two points behind leaders Juventus after having played almost 15 matches. Napoli were in a similar kind of position last season, but faltered right at the death. In order to avoid such a similar scenario, the manager Walter Mazzarri has cooled all the talk of a title this season.

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