Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis feels that the exclusion of Inter Milan-bound Piotr Zielinski from the team’s Champions League squad is to give chances to the club’s future.
Speaking in a press conference, as reported by FCInterNews, the Partenopei President explained the controversial decision regarding the Polish midfielder.
Zielinski will not be part of Napoli’s squad for the Champions League round of sixteen.
Despite being one of the most experienced players in the squad, the 29-year-old will play no part in the upcoming tie against Barcelona.
This would be very surprising under normal circumstances.
However, there is a particular reason for Zielinski’s exclusion.
In the meantime, it has been confirmed that the former Empoli and Udinese midfielder will leave his current club at the end of the season.
Unless there are any more surprise twists, Zielinski will join Inter. The Nerazzurri are the club who have reached an agreement with the Polish international.
Napoli President On Exclusion Of Inter Bound Piotr ZIelinski From UCL Squad
De Laurentiis explained that “UEFA provides for fewer slots for players compared to the domestic league.”
“At a certain point, since we’ve made some new signings, and I feel sorry for a midfielder who we had to leave out, we also had to leave out Zielinski.”
“We know him well,” the Napoli President said of Zielinski.
“We know perfectly well what he can give us, and what he can’t give.”
“But then looking at next season, I have to decide who to give chances to,” De Laurentiis went on.
Zielinski has been at Napoli for eight years, joining the club in the summer of 2016.
However, the Pole’s contract runs out at the end of June.
And it may be a few months out on the sidelines more than ever for Zielinski, who has generally been an important player for Napoli.