Napoli dismiss Rafael Benitez fall-out reports

Napoli dismiss Benitez fall-out reports
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Napoli dismiss reports that manager Rafael Benitez is AWOL following a fall-out with club president Aurelio de Laurentiis.

Napoli have issued a statement to deny reports that manager Rafael Benitez is absent without leave from the club following a fall-out with president Aurelio de Laurentiis.

The boss attended a UEFA coaching forum earlier this week before paying a visit to relatives in Liverpool, sparking rumours that the Spaniard has a strained relationship with De Laurentiis.

However, the club said: "Reports today in some newspapers that Benitez taking a few days off is another sign that the relationship with De Laurentiis has 'cracked' is not only false but ridiculous.

"The relationship between the coach and the president of Napoli is excellent as they themselves have repeatedly stressed.

"As already announced, Rafa Benitez took a few days off, after being in Nyon for the regular meeting between the coaches of the most important teams in Europe, to be reunited with his family in Liverpool. Benitez will return to Naples on Wednesday to resume the coordination of training on Thursday to coincide with the return of many absent national players, four days before the match with Chievo."

Prior to the international break, Napoli were knocked out of the Champions League by Athletic Bilbao.

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