Benitez determined to keep Cavani

The Napoli boss says that his star player will not be leaving for less than his €63 million buyout clause as speculation over a move to Real Madrid or Chelsea intensifies

Napoli boss Rafa Benitez says that Edinson Cavani can only leave the club if one of his suitors agrees to meet his €63 million buyout clause.

The Uruguayan striker has been linked with a host of clubs across Europe this summer, most notably Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City.

However, the San Paolo outfit are ready to reject every bid for the 26-year-old as both the Spaniard and club president Aurelio De Laurentiis are determined to hold on to their star.

“Neither I nor the president want Cavani to leave because he’s a very important player for us,” the former Blues boss told Radio Marca.

“Of course, he was a clause which none of us can control. But the president and I want him to stay and continue to grow at Napoli.

“He has become famous with this club and he can achieve even more in a team and with fans who worship him.

“He knows what the club and the Napoli supporters have given him. He will not have problems competeing with us again and going for success with the club.

“Napoli don’t need money. If he leaves, it will be for his clause, which is a very high amount. But our intention is that he stays with the team.

“Neither the president nor I are proposing that we have to sell Cavani, only to strengthen the team so that Cavani can be even more important.

“I am aware that there have been offers, but there is a clause and if they want the player, they will have to pay it.”

Morientes: Ancelotti the ideal choice for Real Madrid

The former Blancos striker feels the Italian is an excellent replacement for Jose Mourinho, adding that his level of experience should bring great success to the club

Former Real Madrid striker Fernando Morientes firmly believes the club have made the right choice in appointing Carlo Ancelotti as new head coach.

The 54-year-old, who lifted the Ligue 1 title with Paris Saint-Germain last season, has signed a three-year deal at Santiago Bernabeu, and Morientes is feels the experienced Italian will prove an apt replacement for Jose Mourinho.

“The president said that his trainer is Ancelotti. If he said that, that means that he’s also everyone in the club’s coach,” Morientes told AS.

“I don’t know him personally but they’ve spoken to me about him.

“He’s a coach with a lot experience as a player and a coach, and is the type of coach that players like. I believe he’s the ideal coach for Madrid.”

Ancelotti, who has previously won league titles with AC Milan and Chelsea in addition to two Champions League trophies, will be tasked with ending Madrid’s long wait for their 10th European crown.

Morientes played for los Blancos between 1997 and 2005, scoring 99 goals in 261 games, as well as winning three Champions League and two Liga titles at the club.

He was appointed as a youth coach at Santiago Bernabeu in 2012.

Official: Chelsea announce Schurrle signing

Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Bayer Leverkusen attacker Andre Schurrle.

The Blues announced on June 13 that they had reached an agreement with the Bundesliga side for the transfer of Schurrle, and now the details and formalities of the deal have been finalised.

The 22-year-old, who can play on either flank or up front, has signed a five-year contract and will wear the No.14 shirt at Stamford Bridge.

“I am so happy now I have signed and it is an honour for me to play for this club, with this team and for these great fans,” Schurrle told the club’s official website. “I am really looking forward to it.”

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Iniesta targets Barcelona renewal

The attacking midfielder is keen to remain at his current club until the end of his career and is ready to ink a new deal

Andres Iniesta is keen to sign a contract extension with Barcelona as he has the ambition to retire at Camp Nou.

The Spain international’s existing deal runs until the summer of 2015, but he is ready to commit his future to the Blaugrana as soon as possible.

“It is my dream to end my career at Barcelona. Nothing has changed in that regard. We will see how it all unfolds, but I do not expect any problems with my contract renewal,” Iniesta told Sport.

“When both parties have the intention to continue together, the renewal should be done pretty quick.

“In the situation I find myself in, everybody in the world would want to be rewarded fairly. You have to give it good thought and make a decision.

“When we sit down and open talks, I hope it will be resolved quickly because we both want the same thing.”

Iniesta, 29, has made over 300 Primera Division appearances for Barca since making his official first team debut in 2002-03.

BREAKING NEWS: Blanc appointed Paris Saint-German head coach

Former France head coach Laurent Blanc has been confirmed as Paris Saint-Germain’s new trainer.

On the same day that former boss Carlo Ancelotti was named as Jose Mourinho’s successor at Real Madrid, the Ligue 1 champions have agreed a two-year deal with the 47-year-old.

“Paris Saint-Germain is delighted to announce the appointment of Laurent Blanc as coach for the next two years,” an official club statement read.

“He will take charge of the squad on July 1, 2013, for the start of pre-season training.”

The appointment signals the end to a saga at Parc des Princes, with Tottenham head coach Andre Villas-Boas and Russia manager Fabio Capello previously rejecting the role.

Former Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard then voiced his lack of interest in the role before club president, Nasser al-Khelaifi, changed his sights to Blanc.

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