Mazzarri agrees to Napoli deal

Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri agreed to a new five-year contract, ending weeks of speculation about his future. The 49-year-old has guided the southerners to a third place finish, their best Serie A campaign in 21 years.

Following talks with club president Aurelio De Laurentiis, Mazzarri committed his long-term future to the club. "President De Laurentiis and coach Mazzarri cleared the air to reinforce their personal relationship," read a club statement.

"After two years of collaboration which has taken Napoli into the Champions League before it was expected, the president and coach Mazzarri have agreed a new collaboration to continue the club's development for a further five years."

President De Laurentiis and coach Mazzarri cleared the air to reinforce their personal relationship.
Napoli statement

Mazzarri had made it clear over the last couple of months there was no guarantee he would stay despite Napoli having qualified for the UEFA Champions League. It was believed in some quarters he simply wanted an improved contract while De Laurentiis accused him of being more interested in his own career than the club. However, Mazzarri did reveal that he was ready to talk.

"Each side must play his game but I should be appreciated, even if some people think I've messed up," Mazzarri said before the meeting took place. "Thank God I have players who listen to me and I'm serious in my dealings with the club for which I work.

"I can look everyone in the eye. Before I talk to the press I must do so with the club about future plans and everything I've got in my head. Then if something doesn't work I'll speak."

Mazzarri has spent two years at Napoli, qualifying them for the UEFA Europa League last season and Champions League this time around.

Before that he spent two years at Sampdoria where he also impressed by guiding them into Europe and the Coppa Italia final. However, it was his three seasons at Reggina, defying the drop to Serie B, that first brought him to public attention.