Napoli’s favourite son Diego Maradona is set for an official homecoming, with the footballing great to become a global ambassador for the Serie A club.
Back home in his adopted city to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of Napoli’s first Scudetto, Maradona has held talks with president Aurelio De Laurentiis regarding a return to the Stadio San Paolo.
And De Laurentiis revealed Maradona – who helped the team to two Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup glory during a stellar seven-year spell – is close to taking up an official role at Napoli.
“We spoke for a long time in Rome,” De Laurentiis said of the 56-year-old Argentinian via Sky Sport Italia on Monday.
“As soon as Maradona resolves his issues with outstanding taxes, he will become the ambassador of Napoli around the world.”
A revered figure in Naples, 1986 World Cup winner Maradona said: “I feel at home here, as I always have done.
“I never betrayed you! I was at Barcelona, one of the biggest clubs in the world. [Joan] Gaspart told me not to go, he’d offer another five-year contract with double my current wages.
“But I said no, because I’d had an argument with president [Jose Luis] Nunez and told him Napoli was waiting for me. Compared to money, I prefer to chase a football!”