No Prem move for Rinaudo
Napoli reluctant to part with highly-rated centre-half
By Chris Burton. Last Updated: August 13, 2009 1:50pm
Rinaudo: Generating interest
Leandro Rinaudo's agent claims his client is unlikely to complete a move to England this summer.
The Napoli centre-half is reported to have a number of admirers in the Premier League, with West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola known to be among them.
The 26-year-old only moved to Stadio San Paolo last summer, completing a switch from Palermo, and penned a five-year contract upon his arrival in Naples.
With that in mind, the Serie A outfit are reluctant to part with a player they believe will play an integral role in their future plans.
Rinaudo's representative has confirmed as much, insisting the highly-rated defender is prepared to remain in Italy for now.
"I can't give any confirmation but, for his physical characteristics, he is liked a lot in England," Beppe Accardi told Radio Marte.
"Already in past years English clubs have been interested in him, but I knew about West Ham from the newspapers.
"It's a pleasure to learn all this but (sporting director Pierpaolo) Marino confirmed to me two days ago that he is a player that Napoli do not intend to let go.
"He told me that a while ago teams asked Napoli for information on the player but the club always repeated that they didn't want to sell him.
Accardi added: "Rinaudo is a player who has not shown his true value.
"He is a player who needs to feel as if he is an integral part of the squad.
"Today he feels more at ease, calm and more sure of his talents."