Zamparini: Cavani will get warm welcome
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Controversial Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini claims former striker Edinson Cavani will receive a warm welcome when he returns to Sicily with Napoli on Saturday.

Cavani spent three successful seasons at Palermo before joining Napoli in the summer. And his career has really taken off at the twice former Serie A champions as he is second in the league scoring charts with 25 goals in 32 games.

But while many players get roundly jeered on their return to former clubs, Zamparini told Naples's Radio Kiss Kiss that wouldn't be the case with the Uruguayan. "Palermo will welcome him warmly. Every time I see him score for Napoli I'm happy, but the light blues (Napoli) will come up against a team on fire," he warned.

However, he also suggested that Napoli are better placed to hold onto the 24-year-old hitman than his team was. "Cavani had a very good contract before he left but if Napoli managed to hold onto (Diego) Maradona in the past then I don't think they'll have any problems keeping Edinson.

"It will be a great match at Palermo on Saturday between two teams who want to win. We don't give anything away to anyone. Football is a great game and both (Napoli president Aurelio) De Laurentiis and I are loyal people."

Palermo will welcome him warmly. Every time I see him score for Napoli I'm happy.
Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini on Edinson Cavani

While many of Europe's biggest clubs are rumoured to be interested in Cavani, Napoli's coach Walter Mazzarri is also apparently turning heads. But Zamparini doesn't think he will be leaving Naples any time soon, nor that Palermo coach Delio Rossi will replace him.

"It's just transfer fantasy. (Journalists) just write things to fill up column inches at this time. Mazzarri has found his city, his president and he will stay there for many years. He wouldn't leave Napoli even if AC Milan, Inter Milan or Juventus came calling.

"As for Rossi, we'll have a meeting at the end of the season, we'll look each other in the eyes. Last night I saw the light while reading a book: when approaching things you mustn't be in disagreement but in love. The recent disagreements will be met with involvement, love and passion and not anger. You have to have a good relationship with the team and with the coach."

Zamparini actually fired Rossi at the end of February following a humiliating 7-0 defeat at home to Udinese, only to reinstate him five weeks later after his successor Serse Cosmi guided the club to three defeats in four games, including a 4-0 derby loss against fellow Sicilians Catania.