Mario Rui’s agent has admitted that he and his client behaved badly as they negotiated a transfer from Roma to Napoli, but says that the Giallorossi eventually came to understand their position.
The club can confirm that SSC Napoli have signed full-back Mario Rui on an initial loan deal.
Mario Rui and his agent Mario Giuffredi today met Roma’s management team, including sporting director Monchi, to discuss the left back’s future, and after talks had concluded Giuffredi revealed to Radio CRC that his client will be leaving the Giallorossi after a single season for Napoli.
Speaking to the media after Napoli’s Champions League defeat to Real Madrid on Tuesday night, Dries Mertens apologised to Roma’s supporters for how he celebrated his first goal against the Giallorossi last weekend in the Partenopei’s 2-1 win at the Olimpico.
Il Corriere della Sera (Luca Valdiserri) One game can change an entire season and, perhaps, even the future. Saturday’s head to head for 2nd place sees Roma and Napoli go into their respective European ties with differing states of mind (and fitness). In 4 days, Roma have lost at the Olimpico against Lazio (1st leg of the Coppa Italia semi final) and the Partenopei. They hadn’t lost at home in the league since 29th November, 2015 (Roma 0-2 Atalanta), when Rudi Garcia – apparently the root cause of all the team’s problems – was still the coach. Thursday evening’s match in Lyon (1st leg of the Europa League Round of 16) is now their last hope. They need to keep their hopes alive of not having another season of good results but “zeru tituli“. Spalletti needs to find the real Roma again, particularly physically, and quickly.
Corriere dello Sport (Roberto Maida) Don’t be too hasty in starting to make judgements. Roma aren’t the accused, they aren’t even on the list of suspects yet. Otherwise how would it be possible to explain the marvellous victory in San Siro, which came just 7 days ago? After the midweek derby and the defeat to Napoli, however, there are the first signs of discontent, the first uncertainties in a season that has been exciting in places but is now in danger of slipping away. In just 66 hours – coming between one game and the other – enthusiasm has been replaced by dejection and fear. What’s going on, Mr Spalletti?
Corriere Dello Sport (Guido D’Ubaldo) In the 7th minute of the second half, when the Olimpico had just been silenced by Mertens’ second goal, Spalletti made a double substitution to try and get his team back into the game.