La Dea dismiss Sportiello exit rumours

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Atalanta director Giovanni Sartori insists there is no truth to the rumours that Marco Sportiello is closing in on a move to Serie A rivals Napoli.

The 24-year-old goalkeeper has impressed for La Dea since becoming first choice in 2014, and missed just three league games over the past two seasons.

Sportiello has been linked with a switch to Naples where he would provide cover for Pepe Reina after the Spaniard picked up an injury during pre-season.

But Sartori denied reports claiming that the Italian shot-stopper was on his way to the Stadio San Paolo and stressed that the Lombardy outfit had no intention to sell.

"There is a lot said about Sportiello, but most of the reports are false," he told the assembled press at the unveiling of new signing Bryan Cabezas from Ecuadorain side Independiente del Valle.

"There probably is interest from Napoli, but it's purely one-sided. They have not yet communicated anything to Atalanta, so we are waiting to see what the situation is.

"The fact remains we are not just at the disposal of Napoli, so the club intends to keep Sportiello. There has been no formal offer, so figures being bandied about were invented by a journalist or someone who is leaking these stories.

"I repeat, we don't want to sell Sportiello and the more time passes, the less likely he is to leave. We consider him important."

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