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‘Edi’s Going To Manchester’ – Napoli Owner Aurelio De Laurentiis Fools Press Conference With Fake Cavani Announcement (Video)

By Chris Wright


The eccentricity of Napoli’s film producer owner Aurelio De Laurentiis is well-documented; whether it be unveiling new players via the medium of rubber lion masks or storming out of ‘rigged’ Serie A fixture draws and pootling off into the sunset on the back of some random stranger’s Vespa, the man has got a fair bit of previous in the ‘well and truly barmy’ stakes.

Never one to conduct his business in a sober, forthright manner, De Laurentiis weaved the madness into his announcement that Edinson Cavani was signing a new five-year contract at the club on transfer deadline day yesterday – choosing to stage a brief scene in which the millionaire film producer pretended that Cavani was leaving Napoli for a club in ‘cold Manchester’, only to swerve the living daylights out of a room full of media types.

We have the minutes from the press conference, as taken by the PA newsfeed:

The new deal was announced at an elaborate press conference at which the Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis, a film producer, announced sombrely: “Sometimes, marriages come to an end. Unfortunately, Edi wants to go to England, to the cold city of Manchester. There’s a plane ready to take him there.”

Cavani replied: “What plane? I am staying at Napoli” before signing the new contract and holding up a shirt with 2017 on the back. He said: “I’m happy here. The club has been good to me, and I wanted to stay.”

Psych! Here’s the video – though sadly it’s not quite as doolally as you’d expect, with Cavani decidedly awkward in the supporting role…


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By Chris on September 1st, 2012 in Funnies, Media, Serie A, Transfers & Rumours. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

One Response to “‘Edi’s Going To Manchester’ – Napoli Owner Aurelio De Laurentiis Fools Press Conference With Fake Cavani Announcement (Video)”

  1. […] When he’s not unveiling new signings from under rubber lion masks, Aurelio can usually be found conducting fake press conferences to announce Edinson Cavani’s ‘departure’ to Manchester or storming out of Italian cup draws […]

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