When asked if he wanted to bring in the former Inter Milan player, the Napoli owner replied:
“Absolutely not. He is funny, but it is too disruptive and I prefer that he applies his talents elsewhere.”
“I understand the ambition of a young man to want to go to Barcelona or Real Madrid, it’s normal. He (Rossi) didn’t say no to me, though, but this was around four weeks ago. I will try to buy him this season, but I’m ready to leave him in Spain.”
Interesting quote from de Laurentiis as I did not realize that Manchester City were looking to sell Balotelli. And if they were, I am not sure if Napoli could afford him. As for Rossi, he is only the latest Italian club to be interested in the Villarreal star. Rossi has had a chance to move to several clubs in Serie A this summer, but he seems to be holding out for a move to Barcelona next summer as a possible replacement for David Villa.