Inler makes Napoli move
Swiss midfielder on move; Zapata and Sanchez could be next
Last Updated: July 11, 2011 2:59pm
Gokhan Inler has finally completed his move from Udinese to Napoli following a protracted transfer saga.
The Switzerland international has been linked with a switch to Naples for much of the summer, but has been forced to bide his time as negotiations have dragged on.
A deal has now been struck and the 27-year-old has agreed personal terms with his new employers.
It is reported that a €12million (£10.6m) fee has changed hands, with Inler expressing his delight at securing a move he has been looking to make for some time.
He wrote on his personal website: "Hello to you all, this is Gokhan Inler, the Warrior of Naples. How do you like that? Yes, you heard that right: I have signed a contract and will move to Napoli.
"I'm excited, very excited. And I'm so very happy. I can't wait to get to know Mr Mazzarri, the staff and my new team-mates, so many great stars who give their all every day. And so my promise is this: I will give everything for the shirt of Napoli, in every training session and every game.
"I have chosen Napoli to win and fulfil my dreams: the dream of the Scudetto, the dream of the Champions League and the Italian Cup. Everything. Just everything.
"True, the negotiations went on for quite a while, but it was worth it.
"I have crowned my dream and for this I have to thank Napoli president De Laurentiis. My agent, Dino Lamberti, comes from Naples and he knows what it means to grow up with Napoli and the myth of Maradona. It's so spectacular!"
With Inler having made his way through the exits at Udinese, coach Francesco Guidolin has expressed his fear that there may be further departures to come.
Cristian Zapata and Alexis Sanchez are both attracting plenty of interest and could soon be on their way out of Stadio Friuli.
Guidolin said: "I am happy that our players are followed by important clubs.
"However, I would love for them to remain in Friuli. But whatever happens, I will be happy.
"I do have a feeling that Inler, Zapata and Sanchez will not play for us next season but the team will soon be confirmed."